Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey's superstar sights had been locked in for years.
Through cost-cutting maneuvers and savvy draft-day selections, Morey's Rockets had collected a pile of assets like something seen on A&E's "Hoarders." His collection had size, talent and potential oozing from every corner of the roster.
Finally that tantalizing intrigue had aligned itself perfectly for Morey to make his move. After days that seemed more like months of deliberation, free-agent center and perennial All-Star Dwight Howard tabbed Houston as his most desirable destination to continue his NBA career.
With budding superstar James Harden and rising star Chandler Parsons already in tow, Morey had finally landed his proverbial big fish. The only problem for Morey is that he already had a prized catch lurking on the interior in the form of 7'0", 255-pound center Omer Asik.
Asik, like the rest of the hoops world, isn't sure about where he fits in Morey's master plan after Howard's arrival. According to ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst, Asik has no interest in finding out either and has "formally" requested a trade.
While Windhorst reports that the Rockets are turning away offers and "will continue to do so," maybe there's a trade package out there that will prove impossible to resist.
Maybe that package looks an awful lot like one of these.