When the Houston Rockets signed Dwight Howard, you can sense the writing was on the wall. It wasn’t that the Rockets didn’t want to keep Omer Asik on the roster – they did – but it was Asik being less than pleased with the addition.
The big man didn’t leave the Chicago Bulls the season prior to play second fiddle to Dwight Howard and near minutes after Howard signed with Houston, rumors began to swirl that Asik wanted out.
The Rockets continually dodged such advances, saying everything was fine and after a rumored trade demand from Asik, which the Rockets dealt with swiftly, all was well – or so we were made to believe.
Now, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, it’s not a matter of if the Rockets trade Asik, it’s a matter of when as the center has reportedly asked for a trade on a near weekly basis:
The center was scratched from Saturday’s home game against Denver essentially because he’s so unhappy with his new role that he’s in no state to play. Word is Asik has been asking the Rockets pretty much once a week, since Dwight Howard’s arrival in July, to please trade him elsewhere.