With the NBA Trade Deadline now two weeks away, the rumors, names and proposed deals are circulating like mad. However, one name that we’ve seen mentioned in trade talks for close to six months now is that of Houston Rockets center Omer Asik.
When the Rockets signed Dwight Howard in free agency this summer, the trade talks by the media and others began and rightfully so. Having two centers with no real ability to stretch the floor was something that could be nice defensively, but seemed destined to fail. However, the Rockets seemed determined to make things work with both guys playing significant minutes in the frontcourt.
Pretty quickly, though, Asik expressed his unhappiness with the Rockets and how he was being used, requesting a trade. In December, the Rockets tried to trade him. After no deal was reach before a self-imposed deadline, though, a knee injury sidelined Asik, who hasn’t played for the Rockets over their last 31 games.
Now it seems like Asik is close to returning and the timing of his possible return is all too predictable. According to a report from CSN Houston, Asik is resuming some basketball activities and the team hopes to have him back in the lineup before the All-Star break. To clarify, All-Star Weekend lands on Feb. 14-16; this also happens to be the weekend before the trade deadline.
Though there aren’t too many rumors flying around Asik in terms of him being traded, it would hardly be a shock if that weren’t to happen as his return and the deadline draw nearer. The big man showed last season that he can be a decent offensive player, effective rebounder, and nice shot-blocker. Given what we know now, it seems like the Rockets are set to make one last push to try and unload Asik.