Nov 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) controls the ball during the fourth quarter as Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries (43) defends at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Celtics 109-85. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Interest in Rockets' Omer Asik limited?

The Houston Rockets set themselves a self-imposed deadline to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik, a deadline they failed to meet.

An inability to trade Asik likely didn’t come from a lack of effort though as Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears says few teams, outside of potentially the Boston Celtics, have much interest in the expensive center:

One team to keep an eye on is the Boston Celtics. I hear they’re quietly calling, even though Houston is acting like ‘hey – we’re going to wait until the trade deadline’. Boston is very intrigued. Outside of Boston, I don’t know if anybody is super excited about this kid. Keep in mind, they have to pay him $15 million dollars next season. Fifteen million dollars for a guy who’s not a first team, second team, third team All-NBA player. Not an All-Star – just a good NBA center. I think a lot of teams are scared of paying that money and I think Houston is trying to embellish interest.

While Asik will only count for a bit over $8 million on the salary cap next season (for Houston or any team that acquires him), the Rockets altered his contract to pay him $15 million dollars overall to keep the Chicago Bulls from matching their offer sheet when they signed him in 2012.

All of the factors combined, including the Rockets desire to obtain a solid player in the trade, will likely make a move relatively difficult.

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