Dec 2, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) reacts to a call during the first half against the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Rockets have no plans to trade Omer Asik

The Houston Rockets did everything they could to trade Omer Asik earlier in the season, but fell short.

Part of that was due to their elevated demands and part of that was likely due to a lack of interest in Asik due to his unique contract.

When the Rockets signed Asik away from the Chicago Bulls in the 2012 offseason, they structured his contract so it would pay him $15 million (in total) come the final two years of his deal. His contract only counts for $8.3 million dollars towards the NBA salary cap but he’s due over $15 million in total – in effect, a ‘poison pill’ contract.

Understandably, teams balked at having to pay Asik such an elevated number and now the Houston Rockets and general manager Daryl Morey says he expects Asik to remain with the team through the remainder of his contract.

“We pushed to trade Omer in December,” said Morey. “We felt we had to make a fair and aggressive effort to do that. Obviously, he’d prefer to be a starter.

“At this point, Omer is very likely going to be here until the end of his contract at the end of next season, not this season. The window to trade him was [in December], and teams weren’t aggressive enough to get him, so we’re excited about him being a part of our future.”

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  • Jah

    This is clearly all Daryl Morey’s fault. And he still do not “get it” that, trying to market a “White guy” for a frontline player or starter, rarely nets a quality return. White players are NOT the cream of the crop in the NBA. This what makes Morey SUCKS at assessing talents.

    I saw this coming when he signed Asik and Lin to those contracts and lamented then that, it would be hard to trade them down the line if needed be. And now, we do need to trade him for a quality back-up Center….and a Black one!

    Morey and McHale comes from the 80′s Celtics era where all they know is a bunch of “White Players” and place little respect on Blacks’ talents, which is why we sucks as a team in many ways right now.

    If you look at our bench production; 4/5 are White Players and none of them are good enough to hold leads or increase our lead. They sucks!


    Among those 4, only Parson is somewhat serviceable. Not consistent as a starting Black player and not as gifted and talented either but serviceable. Even if we add Harden or Howard with that unit, the chemistry will suck as these White players are simply not gifted or talented enough to compete with Black talents.

    Take our last two games which was a back-to-back against Memphis. They beat us both times and during those two contests, their bench outperformed ours with at least 3 Black players on that unit to our 4 Whites: Cassi, Lin (though he’s Asian…..still plays like a “White boy”), Motiejunas and Parsons. Sucks!

    McHale is another problem altogether. He need to be fired as a Coach. We have enough talent with our 1st unit to be losing against mediocre teams like Memphis. McHale is an airhead and have no plays except bonehead guts and fastbreaking with a bunch of 3-point shootings as a game plan. Whatever.

    McHale has that same mentality of overvaluing White players over Blacks. This season, he thought and hoped Motiejunas would cement the 4 spot —- what a joke! The fact he thought so little of T.Jones just screams for him to be FIRED.

    Aaron Brooks should take ALL of Lin’s minutes and R.Covington should be playing over Omri Casspi. Had those two been with our bench unit against Memphis, the outcome would have been different.

    Brooks got more heart and talent than Lin. Covington is a better shooting than Casspi and drives better to the rim too.

    That’s the problem, we have a GM and Coach placing undue emphasis on these lesser-talented White trash when we have better Black talent sitting on the bench for nothing!

    • Lightshow25

      You are either racist or a troll or both. Go play in traffic!