Disgruntled seven-footers, as we all know, are bad for business. They don't take kindly to small ball and resent the presence of a better, more athletic big man.
When their morale reaches levels of acidic discomfort rivaled only by the decision to inhale entire packages of Sour Patch Kids at once, it's time to move on.
Asik's future in Houston reached a breaking point when he was demoted to bench duty, which, per the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen, caused him to demand another trade. Since then, Asik has been used sparingly, ultimately missing Houston's last six games while tending to a hip "injury."
According to USA Today's Sam Amick, this soap opera will (mercifully) reach a gripping conclusion soon. Amick says general manager Daryl Morey will be dealing Asik any day now, likely before the self-imposed Dec. 19 deadline. He writes that "one rival executive" believes the Rockets already have a deal in place and are merely searching for a better one.
ESPN's Marc Stein neither confirms nor denies Amick's report, but he does add Houston is on course to strike a deal, naming a few trade partners in the process. Similar reports continue to surface, leaving us all with visions of complex three-team deals and potential destinations gallivanting through our heads.
Houston remains determined to deal before Dec. 19, because that's the last day players acquired via trade can be flipped before or on this season's Feb. 20 trade deadline.
"You're going to trade for a guy just to trade him again in two months?" one executive said, via CBS Sports' Ken Berger. "Better to just do a three-way."
But as imaginations run amok, the primary question at hand has yet to be answered: Where is Asik going?