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.
Rockets C Omer Asik on offseason trade demand: "I have no comment on that, I'm just here to do my job."
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) September 27, 2013
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.