Report: Rockets engaged in trade discussions for Asik

Report: Rockets engaged in trade discussions for Asik
November 15, 2013, 5:15 pm
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Jonathan Feigen discusses Rockets and Asik on SNC

According to reports, the Houston Rockets been in discussions about potential deals for center Omer Asik. Yahoo Sports reports that the Rockets have actively been seeking possible deals for the center.

Following the offseason acquisition of Dwight Howard, Asik, through his agent, had requested a trade. Asik signed 3-year free agent deal with the Rockets prior to last season after spending the first two years of his NBA career as a backup in Chicago.

Rockets general manager has executed more trades than any other general manager over the last several seasons and has always indicated a willingness to pull the trigger on a deal, but has indicated several times over the last few months they were inclined to keep Asik because they believed he made the team stronger.

Recent developments with Asik have seen him go from the starting center for the first eight games of the season to instead coming off the bench for only four minutes on Wednesday night against Philadelphia.

In Thursday night's game against the New York Knicks, Asik did not play at all. It was the first game on his NBA career that he did not appear, snapping a consecutive games played streak of 239 games, which had been the longest active streak in the NBA.

Asik is averaging 5 points and 7.2 rebounds per game thus far this season. He averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds pre game last season as he started all 82 games for the Rockets.

Players who were acquired in free agency during the offseason are not eligible to be traded until December 15. It is believed that the Rockets will not make a significant move until at least that date.