May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) reacts after a play during the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Omer Asik doesn’t comment on trade demand


The Houston Rockets landed Dwight Howard this summer and while the team as a whole was delighted, Omer Asik was scratching his head. Last season the 27-year-old Asik left his reserve days with the Chicago Bulls behind him and started in every single game for the Rockets, averaging a double-double.

However, with Howard around, reports quickly surfaced that Asik was worried about his playing time and would demand the team to trade him — a request that was not granted in the offseason. As the players have made themselves available for media day, Asik was obviously asked about this, but he chose to be politically correct.

It’s hard to say whether Asik is still upset or not, but the initial trade demand reports might just have been an overreaction on the center’s part. Since then Kevin McHale has hinted that he wants to play Asik and Howard together, which would mean Howard would have to move down to the power forward position. Howard is reportedly not bothered by this, but it remains to be seen whether the two guys can make it work on the floor.

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  • JoshFarc

    Asik will be gone for a PF probably stretch four

    • John hooks

      Lol.Thatll never work !

      • JoshFarc

        But playing him next to Howard is smart?

        If he’s game playing backup center that’s great, but not at 15 mil next year to play 14 minutes a game rather than be a top 10-20 center in the NBA starting.

  • John hooks

    He needs to come to the Kings

    • JoshFarc

      I like that idea. Marcus Thornton and Landry ish