May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) exchange words during the first quarter in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Asik Wants Out Of Houston: Why Oklahoma City Would be the Perfect Landing Spot

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May 3, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) dunks the ball during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder in game six of the first round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

According to the Houston Chronicle, Rockets center Omer Asik has asked to be traded:

Asik, a 7-0 center, made his trade request within the past 48 hours, a person familiar with the conversations said Thursday.

The Rockets have no trade involving Asik, 27, in the works, with one individual saying a deal is more likely in months than in days.

Asik declined comment, referring questions to his agent, Andy Miller, who also would not comment on the request.

“I would say the situation is very frustrating right now, and we’re trying to work through it,” 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.”

Even though there have no signs at all so far of Sam Presti and the front office in Oklahoma City being interested in Asik, there is a possibility that they are in contact with Daryl Morey in attempt to bring the 7 foot big man to Oklahoma City.

The question you are probably asking yourself: Why would the Thunder be interested?

Last year, when Asik started for the Rockets, he averaged a double-double with 10.1 points a game to go along with 11.7 rebounds a game.  He brings a lot to the floor, and is a great guy to have. Asik has a high basketball IQ with a high motor. He runs the floor beautifully, and can finish with both hands around the rim. Asik blocks, contests, and alters many shots at the rim with his 7-2 wingspan.

He would fit in perfectly in Oklahoma City. Asik sets hard screens that are hard to fight through which would benefit Westbrook, Durant, and even guys like Lamb and Jackson who like to score and make plays off a ball-screen. Sometimes when Durant or Westbrook get into the lane and draw Perkins’ defender, Perkins doesn’t finish off the drop down pass. Asik won’t be an issue with that.

A possible deal to aquire Asik would be to send Perkins, and Andre Roberson to Houston for Asik. A more realistic deal would consist of Presti sending Reggie Jackson(gasp), and Perkins to Houston for Asik. Jackson is becoming one of the best back-up point guards in this league, and replacing him wouldn’t be easy. But, if OKC really wants Asik, they would have to give Houston a quality player back, and the Rockets are weak at the point guard spot. You can all play around with the ESPN Trade Machine, and mix and match ways to bring Asik to Oklahoma City.

I see a high possibility of a trade here for many reasons. One is that Presti and Morey have done business together before with the Harden trade, and won’t have a problem calling each other up to even just discuss possibilities. Houston could benefit with having a guy like Perkins because they aren’t an experienced team, and Perkins would help Howard.

Like I stated before, as of now, there have no signs at all of Sam Presti and the front office in Oklahoma City being interested in Asik. However, there is a possibility they are interested.

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