The NBA trade market doesn't usually heat up until after the New Year. But this year, things seem to be ramping up a bit early. Earlier this week, the Knicks reportedly offered Iman Shumpert to the Denver Nuggets in exchange for Kenneth Faried, and on Thursday, news broke that Rockets' big man Omer Asik has requested a trade.
The Asik situation has been developing since Houston acquired Dwight Howard over the summer. Kevin McHale has tried lineups with both Howard and Asik in the frontcourt, but the Rockets struggled to score with both centers on the floor together. McHale's rotation has marginalized Asik of late; Asik was a DNP-CD for Thursday's game at Madison Square Garden, but his coach claimed that illness, and not the trade request, was the reason for the benching.
Will the Rockets honor Asik's request? For now, the answer seems to be no. According to an ESPN report, Asik has been informed that the team is not seeking a deal. Of course, things could change. You've reached the end of our free article preview.
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