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.

Tags: Chicago Bulls Houston Rockets Mike Dunleavy NBA Trade Rumors Omer Asik

  • DaBUU

    Do it GarPax!

    • Leroy Boyd

      Do what trade Dunleavy to a team who backed door you with Asik? I think in order for that trade to happen more than a second round pick should be given or asked for. Also what player outside one of their starters do the Bulls need or want?

      • DaBUU

        I’m only worried about cap relief. I’m in tank mode, upcoming draft is too good to not try to move up.

        • Leroy Boyd

          Apparently you think that Thibs will even go that route. You can be in tank mode all you want but the Bull players and coach are not

          • GrizzledPete

            Thibs and Noah will never allow their team to tank. Besides, this trade is just a rumor, it is NEVER happening.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Which trade rumor are you talking about? Dunleavy, Kirk, or the newest one about trading Noah?

          • GrizzledPete

            Dunleavy. But any story about trading Noah is a rumor. The Bulls would be crazy to trade the heart and soul of this team.

          • Leroy Boyd

            Yea it seems that all these media people will continue to harp on possible trades because with the Bulls what else can they talk about?

          • Leroy Boyd

            Like I said media harping is good at starting rumors to get attention nothing based on fact. The Bulls would trade Noah for Bron or Durant otherwise any other player(s) is rumor based

  • Dolosus

    Houston is in far greater need of a competent coach who knows how to use the talent already on the roster.