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