So the big news in the NBA right now concerns Omer Asik. He's probably the NBA's best backup big, and he's definitely totally unsuited to play alongside Dwight Howard. After a few game of failed experiments, the Turkish giant now wants a trade to a team that will start him. The Rockets are obliging him, according to some.
Here's everything you need to know:
- According to Brian Windhorst, the Rockets have denied Asik's trade request.
- According to other sources, Rockets GM Daryl Morey is actively shopping Asik.
- The asking price is reportedly an "impact" frontcourt player and/or a unprotected first-round pick in 2014.
- Players signed in the off-season cannot be traded until December 15th. This could give the Thunder the advantage, as their only off-season signings are Fisher and Gomes. (Rookies don't count.)
- Asik registered his first DNP-CD on Thursday. It's widely suspected that this is due to the deal request, but the official word is that he didn't feel well. He was on the team's bench that night.
- Asik's contract is weird. As reported by Mark Deeks, he will make $5.2 Million this year and $14.9 Million next year, though officially his contract will only count against the cap for $8.4 Million on both years. So for trade purposes, he will be making $8 Million a year, but in reality, whatever team that holds him will have to fork over a bunch of money next year.
- The Thunder have dealt with the Rockets before. Just saying.
However, I will say that there is a remote possibility that the Thunder are seeking a deal. Consider that the Thunder have had serious problems with their front court depth so far, and could have more serious problems going forward considering that Perkins is injury prone and Adams is foul prone. Plus, a deal for Asik wouldn't exactly break the bank, because it wouldn't push the Thunder's salary above the luxury tax, should they match it.