It must be awkward in that Houston Rockets locker room. Like, really awkward.
Like two kids who can’t stand one another. Apart from that, you have one of them that doesn’t stop reminding you that he wants out. That’s what the Rockets situation with Omer Asik has come to.
According to reports, after pretty much requesting to be traded in July (after Dwight Howard elected to sign in Houston) Asik has continued those requests on a regular basis.
Finally, nearly four months later, the Rockets have made it clear that they’re going to oblige and trade the 27-year-old center.
The center was scratched from Saturday’s home game against Denver essentially because he’s so unhappy with his new role that he’s in no state to play. Word is Asik has been asking the Rockets pretty much once a week, since Dwight Howard‘s arrival in July, to please trade him elsewhere. And now losing his starting spot, on top of what was already a reduced role, has clearly knocked the 27-year-old back.
Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Asik was challenged by coaches and teammates this week for not being “engaged” in the wake of the lineup change, which took effect when Asik was moved to the bench for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia. And he hasn’t played since the challenge, logging zero minutes Thursday night in New York while in uniform and not even dressing against the Nuggets.
In that very report, it states that it could be a while until a real deal actually comes together – maybe not until after December 15.
If true, that is a very long time from now. It should set up some interesting theater in that locker room, if nothing else.
The Rockets are said to want a lottery pick or an impact player in return for Asik.