The Houston Rockets have been trying to trade Omer Asik since early in the season. Omer Asik doesn’t want to be on the Rockets and the Rockets know that. They’ve been trying to deal him since the disgruntled center made that known, but Houston hasn’t found a deal to their liking, yet.
For a while, the Rockets had stopped looking for a trade partner to unload Asik, but according to reports, they have renewed their efforts.
The Rockets have renewed efforts to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik, with the Philadelphia 76ers emerging once again as a potential landing spot, league sources told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
The two teams engaged in serious discussions on an Asik deal in December, when the Rockets were trying to move the defensive-minded center so they could aggregate any players acquired for use in future deals. With that possibility long gone, Houston GM Daryl Morey has re-opened trade talks, and the Sixers have more payroll flexibility than any team in the league to make a deal work.
The Sixers are $11 million under the salary cap, meaning they can absorb Asik’s $8.4 million salary without sending back any players. They also have to add $5.1 million to their payroll to meet the league’s salary floor of $52.8 million.
The Rockets have been asking teams for either a high pick and/or a quality player in return. The Sixers have both. Philly could probably deal New Orleans’ 2014 pick (1-5 protected), which they now own, and Spencer Hawes. But the Sixers aren’t exactly looking to deal their draft picks at the moment.
Plus, the fact that Asik is owed $15 million next season isn’t going to help any.
Still, if the Rockets really want to deal Asik, maybe they’ll have to settle for a lesser pick, or picks, and Hawes. Or maybe another team will be motivated to swoop in and snag Asik at the last moment. However, at the moment, it appears that the Sixers are the team that’s going to get Asik, if he gets moved at all.