Houston Rockets‘ center Omer Asik became very upset with his role after the team signed Dwight Howard as a free agent in the summer. Although he started some games alongside Howard, the Rockets eventually all but shut Asik down for a while. He has appeared in just 20 games this season.
Although he has played in the Rockets’ last three games, his first playing time since December 2, trading Asik still seems like the best course of action for the Rockets.
Asik is a good rebounder and excellent defender so he remains a valuable commodity.
The Milwaukee Bucks may be a longshot option for Asik, as they have the sort of starter-caliber power forward that the Rockets covet in the disgruntled Ersan Ilyasova. But as has been the case for months now, the final year of Asik’s deal in which he’ll be paid approximately $15 million for the 2014-15 season is a major obstacle to any deal.
Ilyasova could fill the role that Rashard Lewis and Ryan Anderson played next to Howard in Orlando.
The Chicago Bulls could part with one of their shooters, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., but “ according to a person with knowledge of the Bulls’ situation, he is not likely to be dealt.” The Bulls also likely wouldn’t want to take on Asik’s contract.
Asik is averaging 3.9 points and 6.5 rebounds in 17.1 minutes per game.