Nov 23, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors: Houston Rockets to keep Omer Asik?

It appears Houston Rockets general manager Darryl Morey may not have been bluffing when he said the team planned to keep Omer Asik moving forward.

The veteran center all but requested a trade earlier in the season – a wish that Morey attempted to grant when he put a self-imposed deadline on himself to trade the big man.

That deadline came and went with Asik still in Houston as teams were reluctant to take on his poison pill salary that will pay him $8 million dollars on the cap next season, but $15 million overall.

Despite that, it was expected that Asik would likely be on the move come the NBA’s trade deadline but according to Marc Stein of ESPN, the team is leaning towards keeping him.

As of last night, I’m told, Rockets were strongly leaning toward keeping Omer Asik rest of season before trying to trade him again. But …

Stein did go on to say that Morey is known for his last second trades and has been active for six straight deadlines, so a last minute move wouldn’t exactly be shocking. But for now it appears Asik might be staying in Houston.

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