May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) reacts after a play during the third quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA rumors: Los Angeles Lakers interested in trade for Omer Asik?

The Houston Rockets don’t want to trade big man Omer Asik, but with Asik reportedly asking for a trade on a near weekly basis, it seems as if they’re caught between a rock and a hard place.

There’s no doubt interest around the league will be heavy in Asik and the Rockets will have no shortage of suitors, so moving him won’t be a problem. It’s the return that could be problematic.

With little leverage considering Asik wants out, Houston will be forced to pit other offers against each other – a solid idea of course, except that most teams interested in Asik won’t have the needed pieces to get a deal done.

Case in point? The Los Angeles Lakers, who according to Peter Vescey are interested in the Rockets center but don’t have the available assets Houston would desire:

Like many teams, Lakers would love to acquire Asik, but have no quality assets to swap…

It’s possible, to move Asik, the Rockets will need to employ a third team.

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