Asik was one of the league's breakout stars last season. After toiling away on the Bulls' bench for two years, he proved to be a capable starter in his debut with the Rockets. He averaged 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks a night in 82 games.
Despite those impressive numbers, the team still opted to sign the league's best center in Dwight Howard. Understandably, Asik was less than pleased by the arrival of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year and asked the team for a trade.
However, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the team has no plans to grant Asik's request.
For now, that seems to be the smart decision. Asik is under contract for two more seasons, so there's no rush to make a deal. Plus, playing next to Howard could elevate Asik's value, which would lead to a better deal down the road.
Still, that shouldn't stop other teams from contacting Rockets GM Daryl Morey right now with their best sales pitch. In theory, the ideal match for an Asik trade would be a team with a need for a starting center that could send back someone that is a more natural fit at power forward.
If a solid 4 can't be had, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world for Houston to secure a draft pick in what is expected to be a loaded draft next summer.
Here are a handful of teams that should be interested in trading for Omer Asik.