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Omer Asik To Be Traded This Week

Ever since Dwight Howard signed with the Houston Rockets, Omer Asik was frustrated and demanded a trade. Asik will finally get his wish, Rockets GM Daryl Morey has set a December.19 deadline to trade Asik. Nobody has a clear idea of where Asik will eventually end up but possible destinations include Boston, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

The 7 footer started 82 games last year for the Rockets and averaged 10.1 PPG and 11.7 RPG, he feels that he should be starting in the NBA. The Houston Rockets have a deal in place and are expected to pull the trigger in the coming days.

For nearly a month, GM Daryl Morey has made his way around NBA showrooms and talked about deals. By his self-imposed Thursday deadline, he will be ready to buy. Morey would not discuss his plans, but a person with knowledge of the Rockets’ thinking said Morey set his Dec. 19 deadline in part because he knows he has an offer he is willing to take. Though things can change several times by Thursday, that individual said “it very likely will be a pretty complicated, three-way deal. There are a lot of moving parts.”

Ideally, the Rockets hoped to pick up a player who can quickly step into the rotation and, one way or another, have the impact they hoped Asik would have. Less desirable but more likely, Morey would have to put together a package of players or picks for Asik, knowing that the mixed grill option is usually not as valuable as getting one stronger player, especially for a team now built to contend quickly.


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