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07:08 AM ET 07.08 | Not every member of the Houston organization was thrilled with the answer to The Decision, Dwight Howard Edition. [Rockets center] Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing [Howard] in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik's wish, sources told ESPN.com. ... After starting all 82 games for the Rockets last season and averaging 10.1 points, 11.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks, Asik was not happy about his playing time and role being diminished. Both Howard and Asik are true centers and in most situations, it would seem playing them together would be challenging. Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik was in contact with the team and asked to be moved.

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July 8, 2013  07:28 AM ET

There is no way the Rockets keep them both.

July 8, 2013  07:41 AM ET

Asik will be traded before the season starts. If Bynum is still injured by October then Asik will be a great trade asset.

July 8, 2013  07:46 AM ET

Our daily Howard topic.

July 8, 2013  07:47 AM ET

Houston shooting down all offers for now, but they will ship him before the year is done.

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July 8, 2013  07:53 AM ET

it could have been Horford, Bogut, or Gasol if DH was to Land in one of those cities.

July 8, 2013  07:56 AM ET

no way they can be on the floor together. they would clog the lanes for harden. and with everyone going small-ball these days, it just wouldnt work. Whats interesting about this is the health of DH. If he plays like he did in LA, due to health or whatever), Asik could actually be better in terms of defense. But if you start subbing out DH for Asik, lets say 30 minutes for DH and 18 for Asik, that will start the drama-queen all over again, plus make asik unhappy (not sure how far he'd go to show his displeasure, but we KNOW what howard is capable of).

i think houston's gonna start seeing some drama of their own now..

July 8, 2013  07:59 AM ET

The only way this could work is if one of those two were better offensively.

July 8, 2013  08:27 AM ET

The Pelicans could use a big body like Asik

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July 8, 2013  08:31 AM ET

McHale can trade him to his good old buddy Danny.

July 8, 2013  08:34 AM ET
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A lot of top teams can use asik...Okc, clippers, miami, to name a few, let alone several lesser teams

Problem is that whatever team get him has to pay his contract.

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July 8, 2013  08:39 AM ET
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Yeah, but its only 2 years.If your a close team....its worth it.(IMO)

Maybe, but what close team can afford to take him on and doesn't already have a C? The closest is probably OKC, but that is not what will put them over the top.

July 8, 2013  08:43 AM ET

I don't get how some fans think that Dwight has no offense? Wasn't he averaging 20-22 ppg in his 7 years w/ Orlando? These are probably the same fans who said that Shaq had no offensive moves...

July 8, 2013  08:48 AM ET
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I don't get how some fans think that Dwight has no offense? Wasn't he averaging 20-22 ppg in his 7 years w/ Orlando? These are probably the same fans who said that Shaq had no offensive moves...

I don't think he DOESN'T have offense. He obviously is a defensive giant. But his free throws is something that has to improve. Hack-A-Dwight can be detrimental to Houston and come playoff time it could be a difference maker in position...

July 8, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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A lot of top teams can use asik...Okc, clippers, miami, to name a few, let alone several lesser teams

If Miami or OKC pulls that trade off I would walk into work tomorrow, sit at my desk and shoot spit balls at everyone who walks past my office....wait I think I will do that anyway lol

July 8, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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I don't think he DOESN'T have offense. He obviously is a defensive giant. But his free throws is something that has to improve. Hack-A-Dwight can be detrimental to Houston and come playoff time it could be a difference maker in position...

Probably but the team can make that up by getting the other team's big men in foul trouble early by going to him early. They went to the finals and that didn't really cost the Magic. The Magic were a consistent top 1-4 team in the east when he was playing at a high level. It's these last 2 years that fans seem to forget that he does have an offense because of the Dwightmare. Centers that have no offense are Chandler, Noah, Perkins, Okafor, etc. Even Brook Lopez has offensive moves but yet he averages a lot less then Dwight...

July 8, 2013  09:16 AM ET
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Problem is that whatever team get him has to pay his contract.

The team with cap space that could use him are Cavs, Pelicans, hawks. Instead of going after Bynum, the Cavs should try Asik.

 
July 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

I don't get how some fans think that Dwight has no offense? Wasn't he averaging 20-22 ppg in his 7 years w/ Orlando? These are probably the same fans who said that Shaq had no offensive moves...

he cannot generate points on his own. I do not have the numbers in front of me, but in orlando, many of his points in a game were from rebound/put-backs after their perimeter players were heaving them up. Nothing wrong with that, but he really has a limited range with generating his own offense from the post.

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