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: Houston Rockets may trade Omer Asik despite plummeted value

A few weeks back, Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said he believes Omer Asik will remain with the team for the remainder of his contract – a deal that runs through the 2015-2016 season.

This of course came after the Rockets attempted to trade Asik (who had requested to be moved) earlier in the season but found no takers.

Could it have been nothing more than a leverage ploy by Morey? Completely possible as Susan Bible of Basketball Insiders believes the Rockets will still trade Asik come the NBA’s trade deadline, even though his value has plummeted in recent weeks.

The Asik situation is just crazy. I will say that I, personally, think he’ll be traded by the deadline. His value has just plummeted, but they definitely could get something of value in return. If I were Morey, he’d be so gone.

Much of the trouble regarding an Asik trade (beyond the Rockets asking price) is the centers ‘poison pill’ contract which pays him $15 million dollars next season though only $8 million counts towards the NBA’s salary cap.

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  • Jah

    Let me repeat, “There Is Nothing Wrong With Asik.” The media keep saying his value has plummeted. Be real. Asik is the SAME player he was last season when he put up 10 pts. and 11 rebs.

    He’s even better this season; having had that good season under his belt. Don’t let that 4.0 pts per game, fool you. He intentionally played like crap this season because he really want to be traded and don’t want to play second fiddle to Dwight Howard. That’s what it all boils down to.

    Keep in mind, he suppose to have a thigh injury that somehow affect his knees where it causes swelling. And the thing about it, the swelling doesn’t bother him as there is no pain in the swelling. So, for two months he’s been nursing the swelling in the knee and not so much the “thigh” which suppose to be the injury keeping him out.

    Has there ever been a case where an injured guy is out for 2 months WITHOUT MAJOR SURGERY and still claiming to be injured? Keep in mind again, Asik played all 82 games last season and participated in national games with his native country last summer. He’s a young man at 26 years old and healthy.

    He came into this season, injury-free. In the games he played for the Rockets this season, no injury to the thigh ever occurred. Not in practices either. However, his attitude about playing back-up to Dwight Howard has been his constant complaint and nothing whatsoever about an “injured thigh.”

    Every week since he started this season, he’s been asking for a trade and played like crap to force the Rockets to trade him immediately. When he felt things was moving faster enough, he fired his agent and hired a big-time Agent to get him out of Houston.

    Though Morey has tried to get equal value for Asik, Asik isn’t helping his cause by pouting like a baby that he want a trade. GMs around the league aren’t looking at the 15 million of the 3rd year of his contract because Asik is MORE than worth it. Plus, it only count as 8.3 millions on the book.

    What they looking at is his production of 4 pts a game this season and the FAKE injury he claim to have. So, what comes to mind is:

    1. Asik being a b**ch by trying to ruin the Rockets’ chance of getting equal value back for him by playing like crap which lowers the type of quality player(s) we can get back.

    2. Morey rightfully want a frontline player but the GMs around the league can counter that with Asik’s 4 pts a game and injury, and then only be willing to offer garbage players or have the Rockets add more incentive like a 1 round pick, one of our frontline players along with Asik for their frontline player. Which the Rockets ends up getting fleeced.

    I think we should seriously discipline Asik through fines for conduct detrimental to the team until he stop his antic and play like a professional and honor his contract obligation. If he play to his ability, that will help his trade value even more and give us room to get a quality player in return after we trade his butt.