Report: Houston Rockets Will Trade Omer Asik by Next Dec. 19

Joe FlynnContributor IDecember 11, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - NOVEMBER 29:  Tornike Shengelia #20 of the Brooklyn Nets shots the ball against Omer Asik #3 of the Houston Rockets during the game at Toyota Center on November 29, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets center Omer Asik is desperate to be traded, and desperate times call for desperate measures.

 

UPDATE: Friday, December 13 at 6:44 p.m. ET by Joe Flynn

The Asik-for-Varejao rumor has  been shot down, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal's Jason Lloyd:

Though Cleveland could certainly use some help, they are wise to turn down this offer. The Cavs need to bolster their 28th-ranked offense, and adding a defensive specialist like Asik probably won't accomplish that.

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UPDATE: Friday, December 13 at 12:14 a.m. ET by Joe Flynn

It looks like the Rockets might have found some potential suitors for Asik, and are looking to trade him next week.

Per Turner Sports' David Aldridge

The plot thickens...

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According to CBS Sports' Ken Burger, the disgruntled Asik is changing agents and signing with the powerful Arn Tellem. Tellem is one of the premier names among sports agents, so perhaps Asik is counting on his new agent's cachet to get him out of Houston as quickly as possible.

It's not difficult to see why Asik would want to be traded. His playing time in Houston has been on a roller-coaster ride this season.

Omer Asik's Minutes per Game
Rockets' GameAsik's Minutes per Game (When He Played)Asik's DNPRockets' W-L
1-822.705-3
9-125.623-1
13-1916.905-2
20-22032-1
Basketball-Reference.com

The Asik saga began in the summer when the Rockets signed Dwight Howard, an All-Star who just happens to play Asik's position. General manager Daryl Morey didn't originally plan to trade Asik, according to a July report from the Houston Chronicle.

Instead, Houston began the season playing Asik alongside Howard in a classic "twin towers" lineup, but the experiment quickly went awry. 

Per Sports Illustrated's Ben Golliver:

In eight appearances together, the Howard/Asik combination has struggled, to say the least. Per NBA.com/stats, the pair has put up an offensive rating of 87.3 (way, way down from Houston’s overall offensive rating of 103.9) and a defensive rating of 103.1 (worse than Houston’s overall defensive rating of 100.2).

So the Rockets sat Asik...and he pouted, and pouted and pouted.

He lost playing time, then suddenly got it back. Berger reported that rival GMs considered the Rockets' asking price for Asik to be "delusional" in November, and it didn't look like Asik would be traded anytime soon.

Then, suddenly, another plot twist. Asik's playing time dropped back down to zero, and ESPN's Marc Stein reported that the Rockets are looking to trade him this month:

If the end is truly near (and who really knows at this point), then both Asik and the Rockets will likely be better off shedding all of this needless drama.