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Houston Rockets: Two Possible Trade Scenarios for Omer Asik

By Brett David Roberts
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Dec 4, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) attempt to get a loose ball during the first quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Asik struggled badly offensively Monday night against Dallas, hitting just 2-of-7 from the floor, and missed a few easy ones around the basket.  He’s still flipping the ball up at the rim when he needs to be attempting to dunk and finish hard.

Howard thrived, meanwhile, scoring 15 points and amassing 17 rebounds.

Howard’s athleticism appears to be back fully, and matched up against Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki.  Howard’s mobility allowed the Twin Towers look to work defensively, but Asik’s inability to step out on the court and lack of skills finishing plays leaves his status as a Houston Rocket pending.

In the meantime, the Rockets will do their best to make Asik appear to be a luxury, not a redundancy. Morey needs the leverage of not looking like he has to trade the Turkish big man, or he’s not going to get good value for a guy that is one of the more capable defenders at his position.  Morey can and should continue to work the lines as he searches for a piece that may fit more nicely alongside Howard.