Following the Houston Rockets‘ signing of Dwight Howard, there has been almost constant speculation about the future of Omer Asik.
Most people assumed he would be traded at some point, and then last week, after being benched by Coach Kevin McHale, Asik asked to be traded, according to reports. Now, after registering DNP’s in the previous two games, the Rockets, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein will be trading the Turkish center. The only thing to figure out now – aside from where he’ll go – is when.
The mystery here, apart from the obvious question about where he ultimately winds up, is what Houston does with Asik until it can locate that appealing deal.
Stein also points out that a possible deal likely won’t happen until after December 15.
The new challenge for the Rockets, then, is getting Asik’s mind right and getting him back on the floor as soon as possible, given the very real chance that a workable trade won’t materialize until after Dec. 15, when dozens of players who signed new contracts in July become eligible to be moved.
Asik, as he showed last year, is more than capable of being a starting center in the league, so the Rockets will surely be demanding a great haul in return for the big man. It will be very interesting to see where Asik winds up, and so will seeing what happens with him until a trade is made.