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Report: Rockets must trade Omer Asik quickly

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11:19 AM ET 11.17 | The Houston Rockets will be trading Omer Asik as quickly as they can find a palatable trade. That much is certain. The mystery here, apart from the obvious question about where he ultimately winds up, is what Houston does with Asik until it can locate that appealing deal. The center was scratched from Saturday's home game against Denver essentially because he's so unhappy with his new role that he's in no state to play. Word is Asik has been asking the Rockets pretty much once a week, since Dwight Howard's arrival in July, to please trade him elsewhere. And now losing his starting spot, on top of what was already a reduced role, has clearly knocked the 27-year-old back. Sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com that Asik was challenged by coaches and teammates this week for not being "engaged" in the wake of the lineup change, which took effect when Asik was moved to the bench for Wednesday's game in Philadelphia. And he hasn't played since the challenge, logging zero minutes Thursday night in New York while in uniform and not even dressing against the Nuggets. The new challenge for the Rockets, then, is getting Asik's mind right and getting him back on the floor as soon as possible, given the very real chance that a workable trade won't materialize until after Dec. 15, when dozens of players who signed new contracts in July become eligible to be moved.

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November 17, 2013  11:30 AM ET

Cavs should take this chance to get a proven young center. Rockets don't have much choice.

November 17, 2013  11:38 AM ET

Here's the problem. Every team that would like to have Omer Asik knows that the Rockets are over a barrel. They all know that Asik wants out. So why trade for him now. When you can get him near the trading deadline and try to take advantage of the Rockets.

It's a buyers market for Asik. He's not going to be moved anytime soon.

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November 17, 2013  11:46 AM ET

Mentally weak.

November 17, 2013  11:48 AM ET
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I don't see that fit.

He fits in well. Bynum and Verajao is too broken down. They can't rely on them anymore.

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November 17, 2013  12:09 PM ET

What's with NBA Big Men these days. They whine, pout, not play, want trades and big money too. DH is mentally weak, Bynum screwed the Sixers for a year and Asik is acting like a Jr High School girl visited by Aunt Flo...

They should change the position name from 'Center' to 'Middle Finger'

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November 17, 2013  12:46 PM ET

Asik makes around 15 million next season. Not sure if the Cavs want to take that on. They need a legit SF. Varejao is a free agent next summer, I believe. And he might re-sign for a lot less to stay there.

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November 17, 2013  12:54 PM ET

They may have to try and trade Parsons and Asik together to get a player. Parsons sweetens the pot a little bit since he's an up and coming player. That may tempt a team to take on Asik's huge contract next season.

November 17, 2013  12:55 PM ET

Francisco Garcia or Casspi could play SF or they could platoon the 2 players at the postion. SF gets a little weaker but they might be able to get a PF. That's more of a necessity imo.

November 17, 2013  12:57 PM ET
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They may have to try and trade Parsons and Asik together to get a player. Parsons sweetens the pot a little bit since he's an up and coming player. That may tempt a team to take on Asik's huge contract next season.

Parsons and Asik for Carter or Marion and Dalembert. Perfect!

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