On Sunday morning, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey was more than open regarding his stance of disgruntled center Omer Asik, saying he expects Asik to finish out his contract with the Rockets.
Asik of course requested a trade earlier in the season, a request the Rockets attempted to grant. However, Houston couldn’t find middle ground on a trade partner and called off talks.
So why the struggle to find a willing trade partner? Asik’s ‘poison pill’ contract which pays him $15 million dollars (though only $8 million counts towards the salary cap).
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders notes that multiple general managers across the league would like to acquire Asik who can be a defensive anchor, but owners around the league simply won’t take on the absurdly large contract.
I have talked to a few teams that say as much as they’d like to acquirer Omer the player, their owner would never agree to pay that contract. When you are paying someone $15 million, you have to be able to market him, and thats just not going to happen with Omer.
Asik is signed through the 2014-15 season.