Wednesday night at the Toyota Center, the question wasn’t “if” the Rockets would trade Omer Asik or what day they would do it, but rather what time of the day on Thursday the trade would go down.
The Rockets had a fallback deal in place to trade Asik, waiting until Thursday to see if better offers came in, but news came out in the early afternoon that the Rockets had abruptly taken the seven-footer off the block.
“We were definitely trying to move (Asik),” said Morey. “It was trending towards something happening, but sometimes when you get to those last approvals and the owner, I think as Houston fans know from past deals that didn’t come off that looked like they were done, they don’t happen.”
The better offers? Those never arrived.
“You’re obviously never going to do a deal that doesn’t help the team or keep you at least even,” said Morey. “And those didn’t present themselves.”
Morey said he spoke to Asik personally on Thursday.
“It’s pretty likely that Omer is here for quite a long time,” said Morey. “A lot of the dynamics that went into things not working out don’t change, in terms of the contract and things like that. We did feel like we owed it to Omer to give a strong look at it, but nothing ended up materializing.”
The full interview is here:
- I’m more convinced that the Rockets will trade Asik. One of the reasons I felt Asik’s trade demand made it more troublesome for the Rockets was that his market value would take a ding by not playing. That looks to be the case. The Rockets needed to be in a position where they don’t have to trade Omer… and that’s when you trade him. Convince Asik to play hard in the minutes given, that this will be the best thing towards finding a new home for him, and continue to pursue a deal. It appears to me that’s the place they’re attempting to return to.
- With regards to the Courtney Lee–Brandon Bass brown bag special, my guess is the Rockets were only considering such a deal if it included a similar pick to the one they received from the Toronto Raptors in the Kyle Lowry trade. They need to stockpile picks to be in a position to pull off the next big trade, as they did with James Harden. Lee and Bass could have helped the Rockets a little bit, but there’s no way they deal Asik for those guys, especially given that Lee is owed almost $6 million in 2015-16. It would have been about the pick.
- If Asik’s value is not good on the market, what does that say about Jeremy Lin’s market value given that he is signed to an identical contract? Point guards are in high supply and are nowhere near as rare a commodity right now as a defensive anchor like Asik. His marketing value is one unknown variable, but as far as basketball value at the moment, it’s likely that the Rockets are underwater on that deal.