With Omer Asik out of the Rockets lineup tonight it is becoming more evident that Asik and the Rockets may be parting ways shortly. This should not come as a surprise as Asik asked for a trade in July after the Rockets signed Dwight Howard in free agency. Houston has been shopping Asik around but it appears the team is asking too high a price for him.
As Chuck Myron of Hoops Rumors points out, Asik’s backloaded contract may change the playing field of NBA teams looking to trade with Houston. The same trap Houston created to deter the Bulls from resigning Asik when he was a restricted free agent may be the same trap that hinders the Rockets from getting rid of Asik this season.
Teams may also shy away from signing Asik due to his performance decrease so far this season. While Asik has averaged 10 minutes less this season than last year, he has only scored half the points per game he did last season (10.1 PPG in 12/13; 5.0 PPG in 13/14) and is down to 7.2 RPG instead of his 11.7 RPG last year.
Should the Rockets hold on to an unhappy Asik until he buys into the new Houston system or should they try to get rid of the bad chemistry as soon as possible?