NBA Rumors: Players No Longer on Trading Block

Tyler BrookeSenior Analyst IIDecember 23, 2013

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With a number of trade rumors swirling around the NBA, there are several players that are reportedly no longer on the trading block.

The NBA trade deadline isn't until February, so teams will be looking to potentially shop a number of players. There have been many names which have come up frequently, but now a number of those names are no longer being shopped.

Let's take a look at a few guys who have reportedly been taken off of the trading block, breaking down what that means for each team.

 

Omer Asik, C, Houston Rockets

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Ever since the Houston Rockets landed Dwight Howard, rumors of Omer Asik leaving and asking for a trade have been widespread.  

However, it appears that Asik will be staying put, at least for now.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Rockets have backed away from trading Asik, at least for the time being, and Houston's team deadline for trading him has passed:

It's been a frustrating year for Asik playing behind Howard. He has been dealing with an injury recently and hasn't played since December 2 against the Utah Jazz. As you can see below, his numbers have taken a serious hit this year playing behind Howard:

Omer Asik Last Year vs. This Year
SeasonMPGPPGRPGBPGFG%
2012-1330.010.111.71.154.1
2013-1418.34.46.80.447.2
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Still, Asik is a very talented player that was arguably one of the best centers in the league last season. A numbers have teams could certainly use him, but the Rockets will continue to use him as a backup. He could still very well be traded before the deadline, but he is staying put at least for now.

 

Luol Deng, SF, Chicago Bulls

Dec 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Chicago Bulls small forward Luol Deng (9) reacts to a play during the second quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports
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With Derrick Rose done for the year, the Chicago Bulls are focused on rebuilding and getting ready for the future with Rose. Luol Deng has had to be the go-to guy for the Bulls without Rose, and it looks like that will be the case for the rest of the season.

Despite earlier rumors about the Bulls trading Deng, the team has no intention of doing so. According to ESPN's Brian Windhorst, the team will not be shopping the 28-year-old small forward:

Deng is having a career season, averaging 19.6 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field. He's the team's leading scorer, but the Bulls are just 10-16 and near the bottom of the Eastern Conference.

This is a tricky situation for the Bulls. On one hand, he's a great scorer and is one of Chicago's best players without Rose on the floor. But on the other hand, he's a very valuable trade commodity for whom the Bulls could get quite a bit.

At the end of the day, the Bulls apparently feel more confident in keeping Deng on the roster, so we will see how that plays out over the season.

 

Paul Gasol, C, Los Angeles Lakers

Dec 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) and shooting guard Wesley Johnson (11) in the second half of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Staples Center. The Lakers won 104-91. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-
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Much like the Bulls, the Los Angeles Lakers are facing a possible rebuilding season, with Kobe Bryant injured once again. Like almost every season, rumors about possibly trading Pau Gasol have come up once again.

Still, the Lakers feel that they are better off keeping Gasol. According to Romona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, the Lakers don't intend to trade him during the 2013-14 season:

With so few scoring options on the roster, Gasol has had to be one of the go-to guys this season. He's averaged 15.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, shooting 44.8 percent from the field. Although Nick Young leads the team in scoring, Gasol has had to be the veteran leader.

With a 13-14 record, it's going to be hard for the Lakers to go to the playoffs without Bryant for the majority of the season, but trading away Gasol would effectively end any hopes of a postseason run.