The self-imposed deadline by the Houston Rockets to trade Omer Asik is set to arrive, and the trade scenarios involving the defensive specialist keep floating around.
Asik is reportedly looking to leave the Rockets as his role changed drastically with the arrival of Dwight Howard, and even though several teams are reportedly interested like the Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks and Philadelphia 76ers, there’s a lot of uncertainty regarding his future.
Asik’s long-term role is clearly not with the Rockets, and the most likely scenario to offload him seems to be a three-team trade where the 76ers have been linked as the facilitator team in the deal. However, it remains to be seen if a deal can be made as many franchises believe Houston is trying to create a false market for a player that doesn’t have as much value as his own team believes.
As for the return GM Daryl Morey is expecting, it has been reported that he wants a first-round pick in any possible deal. Among the players the Rockets could be interested, names like Jeff Green, Brandon Bass and Thaddeus Young have been thrown into the mix.
It seems difficult to imagine a trade scenario with any team taking Asik and his $15 million salary next year while also matching what the Rockets are looking to receive in return. Considering all these factors, it remains to be seen if the Rockets settle for the best deal possible just to make something happen prior to their self-imposed deadline, or if they hold on to Asik and look to move him near the deadline.