The center has been more than open about his desire to play elsewhere, which has taken away what little leverage Houston would have in a potential trade. The Rockets certainly don’t want to give him away for free, but they also don’t want to keep a player who is unhappy, creating locker room tension, not to mention not playing up to his skill level.
Teams know this, so offers for Asik have likely been borderline silly but general manger Daryl Morey has decided to be just as outlandish in return, with one rival GM suggesting the Rockets are delusional in their asking price:
Given those constraints and Asik’s sad-sack demeanor, one rival GM described the Rockets as “delusional” as far as their asking price for him.
Asik is due over $15 million dollars next season (only $8 counts against the cap) and considering he’s essentially a one side of the court player (he has zero offensive ability), it’s a pretty big investment for the acquiring team (not to mention the talent they’d have to trade away).