Originally posted on Crossover Chronicles  |  Last updated 7/8/13
After the Rockets struck out on their pursuit of Dwight Howard in March 2012 and the following summer, they seemed to have moved on. Howard was not coming to Clutch City and had no interest in doing so. So the Rockets signed Omer Asik to a three-year, $25.1 million contract. He was to be the team's defensive anchor after two strong years in Chicago as a defensive player. When the Rockets acquired James Harden, the move seemed to make more sense as they had the perfect pick and roll complement. That move also attracted Dwight Howard back to Houston. That pursuit thought to be dead? It was not and the Rockets got their man and more in the end. Where does that leave Asik with two more years left on his deal at about $8.4 million per year? One place it leaves him is out of the starting lineup and unhappy. And that led Asik to request a trade out of Houston. The Rockets center does not like the idea of being a backup once again. However, the Rockets do not seem ready to part ways with him. Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com reports the Rockets have turned down offers to acquire Asik or pursuit of an Asik trade despite Asik formally requesting a trade. Houston appears to believe that Asik is more valuable as Howard's backup, too valuable to give up in a Western Conference that only looks to be getting more competitive. Asik averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game last season for the Rockets, starting in all 82 games. He was not as strong defensively as his offense increased however. He still seemed to be a strong compelment for Harden and the Rockets pick-and-roll-based offense. If Howard has to leave a game, Asik would easily be able to fill in without missing a beat. That is something the Rockets surely do not want to part with. Good centers are hard to find. Right now the Rockets have two. The question for Houston is whether an unhappy Asik can still help the Rockets or whether he would hurt the locker rom chemistry. Winning seems to cover up many warts and Houston is expected to win with Dwight Howard. Maybe that would quiet Asik down. But if Asik wanted to win and play off the bench, he might have stayed in Chicago. He wants to play and earned the opportunity Houston appeared to be giving him. That makes things tough for Asik. This is not what he signed up for. But it is also wat he has to deal with, at least for two more years if the Rockets do not trade him. [follow]
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Report: Cowboys fear Lance Dunbar has torn ACL, MCL

Adam Schefter: Richard Sherman blocked me on Twitter

Martellus Bennett compared Jay Cutler to Jesus

Jimmy Johnson thinks 49ers need to move on from Colin Kaepernick

Pat Murphy won't be back as Padres manager next year

Brian Cushing's wife gets upset with Houston talk show host


Marshawn Lynch won't play against Lions on MNF

DeMarco Murray unhappy with role in Eagles' offense

Big 12 admits officiating error in Oklah St-K State game

George Karl apologized to DeMarcus Cousins for trade comment

Jason Whitlock, ESPN part ways again

Devonta Freeman is scoring touchdowns at a historic rate

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Professor moves student’s exam to accommodate Cubs playoff game

WATCH: Adrian Peterson torches Broncos for marathon touchdown

Don Orsillo gives moving farewell to Red Sox fans on NESN

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki takes the mound for the Marlins

Clay Matthews taunts Kaepernick with Russell Wilson line

Jay Feely shares thoughts on why NFL kickers are struggling

Female reporters blocked from entering NFL locker room

Pierre Garcon makes awesome game-winning TD catch

WATCH: Mario Williams obliterates Rashad Jennings

WATCH: Ed Dickson scores TD on crazy fumble recovery

WATCH: Nelson Agholor makes incredible one-handed catch

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 takeaways from Sunday’s Week 4 NFL action

Eight notable NFL Week 4 winners and losers

Jimmy Johnson: Move on from Kaepernick

WATCH: Ichiro Suzuki pitches for the Marlins

Philbin not worried about job status

London PR guy trolls Suh

10 takeaways from Week 5 of the college football season

Rick Pitino and the shadows that never leave

Chad Johnson ... Steelers kicker?

Flacco deserves more from the Ravens

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker