In the aftermath of Dwight Howard’s decision to sign with the Houston Rockets, word began to spread that Rockets center Omer Asik had no interest in playing with or behind Howard and he wanted to be traded.
Since then, Brian Windhorst of ESPN has verified that Asik has formally asked the Rockets to trade him. And it was at that moment that Asik found out just how much pull and influence he has over his career. In short, none because the Rockets flat out told him that they have no intentions of granting him his wish.
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik has formally asked the team to trade him in the wake of the team landing Dwight Howard in free agency. But the Rockets have no plans to grant Asik’s wish, sources told ESPN.com.
Asik has threatened to leave the Rockets in free agency if he’s not traded, sources said. However, Houston has him under contract for two more years at a total of $20 million.
Shortly after Howard announced his decision, Asik was in contact with the team and asked to be moved. The Rockets, however, have turned away offers thus far and will continue to do so, sources said.
On Sunday at the Orlando Pro Summer League, Rockets’ coach Kevin McHale said the team will try to mend fences with Asik.
“With Omer, he had a great year for us last year and really became one of the top centers in the league,” McHale said. “It’s just when you have an opportunity to get Dwight, it’s hard not to. I’m sure Omer right now is a little down in the dumps, but we’ll pick him up.”
So to recap, Asik tried to force a trade like he’s a superstar, got shut down, and now has to read his head coach basically say, “he’ll get over it.” Boy, that has to suck for him.