Dec 10, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Mike Dunleavy (34) practices before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Mike Dunleavy trade could help Rockets keep Omer Asik?

The Houston Rockets are reportedly set to keep Omer Asik through the remainder of the season (Jeremy Lin, too). There’s really no indication if that is on their own accord or if teams aren’t overly interested in the big man, but regardless it’s looking more and more likely Asik will stay in Houston moving forward.

So what does that have to do with Mike Dunleavy of the Chicago Bulls? Well, as already noted, the Rockets are interested in the Chicago Bulls’ forward and Dunleavy isn’t expected to cost more than a draft pick in a trade.

Many figured the Rockets, who are in desperate need of shooting would be forced to use Asik to acquire a shooter (and likely sell for fifty cents on the dollar) but with Chicago not wanting salary in return and only expecting a draft pick, that could help Houston retain Asik and get their much needed shooter.

A league executive offered this plausible reason for the Rockets’ interest in Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy: It gives them more flexibility at power forward without having to deal Omer Asik for one before the trade deadline.

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