Omer Asik has asked to be traded, the Houston Chronicle reported Thursday evening, citing two individuals with knowledge of the request. Asik wasn't in the starting lineup for for the Rockets game in Philadelphia on Wednesday night, and again found himself on the bench for the start of Thursday's game at New York.
“I would say the situation is very frustrating right now and we're trying to work through it,” Asik's agent, Andy Miller, told the newspaper. “For Omer, the objective has always been to continue to develop and grow as a player. That’s why we came to Houston in the first place. If that objective can’t be met, if we can’t get the right platform to grow and contribute as a player, it’s certainly frustrating.”
The Rockets have played poorly and often started off slowly with Asik paired alongside Dwight Howard in the frontcourt, causing Kevin McHale to make changes this week, moving Terrence Jones into the rotation. With Asik unhappy and a trade now looking increasingly possible, here are some deals that could make sense: