Nov 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Omer Asik returning to Rockets at end of January?

It’s been said the Houston Rockets don’t plan to trade Omer Asik come February’s NBA trade deadline, but I have a hard time thinking they wouldn’t like to showcase him just a bit if at all possible.

The Rockets inability to trade Asik hasn’t completely been their fault. Yes, they’ve reportedly had some semi-ludicrous trade demands but teams simply aren’t willing to pay $15 million ($8.5 towards the salary cap) for a player who is essentially one dimensional and costs as much as an All-Star player.

That’s not to say he’s not good at what he does, but that’s a hefty investment – especially for teams looking to improve for a playoff push who are likely over/near the luxury tax.

Potential upcoming trade or not, it appears Asik – who has been out nursing an injury for the past few weeks – is aiming for a late January return.

Nothing new. Just left TC. They’re bringing him around very slowly. Still targeting end of month. RT @DHYLNP: @Jonathan_Feigen Omer Asik news?

Asik will need to show he’s healthy if the Rockets have any hope of moving him going forward.

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