Southwest Notes: Rockets, Mavs, Asik, Lin

The Rockets made a big splash signing Dwight Howard this summer, but now they're left to figure out what to do with Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, who they offered as part of a sign-and-trade for Josh Smith before he signed with the Pistons.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey tells Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle that Asik and Lin are "going to be here.” Morey has repeatedly said he doesn't want to move Lin and Asik, but he gave a more detailed reason why to Feigen today:

"The reality is James (Harden) and Dwight (Howard) want to play with Jeremy and Omer,” Morey stated. “I’ve been kicked down to assistant GM. They’re going to be here."

Here's more on the Rockets including an update on Asik's summer plans and updates from the Mavericks

  • Feigen also tweets that Asik is in Turkey for national team workouts and will not be with the Rockets for at least a month. He also answers a cap question, via Twitter,  that the Rockets have the smaller "room" exception, instead of the full MLE.
  • Jared Zwerling of tweets that the Knicks don’t think they’re getting Brandan Wright because he’s close to re-signing with the Mavericks.
  • Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Mavericks are nearing a deal for free agent big man Samuel Dalembert
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