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.