NBA Trade Rumors: Omer Asik to stay with Rockets

Dec 18, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) on the sideline prior to the game against the Chicago Bulls at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Trade Rumors

The Houston Rockets set a deadline for themselves to move Omer Asik by Dec. 19, but after spending the last few weeks looking for the right deal, it seems that the team is backing out to re-assess their options. This means that Asik is unlikely to be moved for now.

The Houston Rockets, who installed a self-imposed deadline of Thursday by which to trade disgruntled center Omer Asik, have changed their plan.

A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Rockets ended trade talks with teams regarding Asik and will now re-assess his situation. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because trade talks are not typically discussed publicly.

(via USA Today)

Clearly, the self-imposed deadline might have been another of Daryl Morey’s strategies, as he continues to try to milk the most out of the deal centered around the Turkish center.

This doesn’t really mean that Asik won’t be moved, but the Rockets must have expected a better deal than what other teams have been willing to offer, so retreating to their corner in order to put things into perspective is probably the right course of action.

The Boston Celtics were rumored to be the most likely landing spot for Asik. A deal involving Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee and a first-round pick was reportedly the offer. The Philadelphia 76ers have so far been regarded as the second most likely destination, as the team’s GM Sam Hinkie is a fan of the big man. The Cleveland Cavaliers, among other teams, have also been connected with the trade, possibly as a third team which would help facilitate the move.

So far, that’s what the rumors have been, but things can obviously change and we will continue to follow the developments surrounding Asik.

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