Houston Rockets Want 2 First-Round Draft Picks In Return For Omer Asik

By Michael Ma

Nov 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) sits on the bench during the third quarter against the Boston Celtics at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

With still more than 2 months left before the February trade deadline, it’s probably the best time to shop players high to test their limits on the trade market. While Omer Asik has seemingly accepted his backup center role behind Dwight Howard, the Houston Rockets will continue to work the phone line in order to find the right deal.

One general manager from a rival team has already said that the Rockets asking price for Asik is ‘delusional‘, and now, Alan Hahn of ESPN New York has reported that the Rockets are demanding 2 first-round draft picks in any deal that will involve the 7-foot Turkish center.

“The name that is dominating the early rumors is Omer Asik of the Rockets. The disgruntled center can be had, but Houston isn’t just giving him away. In fact, the Rockets are setting the market high for Asik, with a demand of two first round picks in any deal.”

A demand like that could eliminate several teams who have been interested in acquiring Asik, but general manager Daryl Morey will continue to hold on to him as he believes Asik’s trade value is sky-high.