Omer Asik will remain a Rocket this year and next year
It is no secret that Omer Asik is unhappy with the Houston Rockets and it is no secret that the Rockets were trying to comply with Asik's wishes by putting him on the trade market. Unfortunately, the Rockets were only receiving fifty cents to the dollar for Asik, since every GM in the league knew that Asik wanted out. However, rather than making a bad deal, the shrewd Daryl Morey decided to hold on to him instead.
“We pushed to trade Omer in December,” said GM Daryl Morey. “We felt we had to make a fair and aggressive effort to do that. Obviously, he’d prefer to be a starter. At this point, Omer is very likely going to be here until the end of his contract at the end of next season, not this season. The window to trade him was [in December], and teams weren’t aggressive enough to get him, so we’re excited about him being a part of our future.”
Asik is only being paid $8 million this year, but given the amount of playing time he gets behind Dwight Howard, he comes at a hefty price for only playing 15mpg. Asik and Howard cannot play together at the same time, so Asik will never be utilized the way that he was prior to Howard. Prior to Howard's arrival, Asik was the second best rebounder in the league. Now, he is nothing more than a 7th or 8th man, but he does serve as a great insurance policy if Howard does go down. And given Howard's injury history, it is only a matter of time.