Omer Asik Requests Trade
After playing just a little over 4 minutes in an overtime loss against Philadelphia this past Wednesday, Omer Asik, who let Houston know in the offseason that he would not be pleased coming off the bench, is not pleased. According to reports, Asik has requested a trade form the Houston Rockets:
With his starting job gone and his playing time slashed, Rockets center Omer Asik has asked to be traded, two individuals with knowledge of the request said Thursday. … The Rockets have no trade involving Asik in the works, with one individual saying a deal is more likely in months than in days.
“I would say the situation is very frustrating right now and were trying to work through it,” [Asik's agent Andy] Miller said. “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.”
Don't be surprised to see the Celtics express interest. At 7'0, Asik (who turned 27 this past July) proved to be worth his 8.3 million dollar contract last season and then some: Averaging 10 points, 11 rebounds and showing himself to be one of the better defenders in the league. With Houston showing a clear need for a starting power forward, and some semblance of perimeter defense, the Celtics seem poised to be able to make a run at Asik if they'd like.
Which is terrific news for the unusual combination of Celtics fans who are physically attracted to Judge Reinhold.
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