The Houston Rockets had set themselves a hard deadline to trade disgruntled center, Omer Asik. That deadline came and went without a move and now it’s being reported by CBS Sports that the Rockets will not trade Asik.
Per Ken Berger:
Word is the Rockets now expect to keep center Omer Asik past next month’s deadline and beyond. The team ramped up efforts to create a market for Asik last month because it believed that was the most realistic window to get a deal done. Now, Houston is caught in a bit of a no-man’s land.
The Rockets seemingly attempted to butter up Asik’s value, hoping to snag more than his worth. But the fact remained that Asik, talented a defender as he is, is simply a one side of the ball player who comes with a $15 million dollar price tag next season ($8 million will count towards the cap).
That’s a hefty price to pay for any team, especially one who is nearing or is over the NBA’s luxury tax limit.
Add in that Houston was commanding relatively decent compensation and the slim market for Asik’s services all but dried up.