Dec 06, 2013 12:58 PM EST
The Houston Rockets have ramped up trade discussions involving Omer Asik.
The Rockets are looking to move Asik has he and Dwight Howard have proven to be incompatible on the floor together.
The Rockets will target a trade between Dec. 15 and Dec. 19, which would allow the players involved to be traded again before the Feb. 20 deadline.
Sam Amick of USA Today reports that the Rockets continue to search for a lottery pick in exchange for Asik.
Nov 29, 2013 2:27 PM EST
The Houston Rockets are seeking a trade of Omer Asik, but they have struggled in finding a package that merits his on-court value due to his $15 million salary for next season.
Asik will only count $8.4 million against the cap, but the salary is beyond his fair market value.
One rival general manager described the asking price of Daryl Morey and the Rockets as "delusional."
Asik requested a trade in the middle of November when it became clear that he would be unable to share floor time with Dwight Howard.
Nov 29, 2013 12:00 PM EST
Jeremy Lin will be out two weeks with a grade one knee sprain.
The Houston Rockets will reevaluate Lin at that point to determine if he can return.
Lin collided with Paul Millsap on Wednesday.
Nov 29, 2013 11:59 AM EST
Tim Ohlbrecht will sign with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the D-League.
The Vipers are the D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets.
Ohlbrecht was waived by the Rockets in July to clear cap space to sign Dwight Howard and was later claimed by the Philadelphia 76ers. Ohlbrecht was released in October by the 76ers.
Nov 23, 2013 2:23 AM EST
Mark Cuban revealed on Friday that the Dallas Mavericks received a trade inquiry from the Houston Rockets about Dirk Nowitzki, following the Rockets' signing of Dwight Howard.
“They didn’t make an official offer,” Cuban said. “They just asked if we’d trade him. About three hours after Dwight (Howard) signed. It’s just something rivals do.
“Just, would you trade Dirk?"
Cuban admitted he took offense to the Rockets pursuing Nowitzki.
“Definitely, and I don’t blame them,” he said. “That’s fine. But payback is a bitch. I kept the text. They called Donnie (Nelson) and I said: are you sure? Have them text me. And I kept the text. Now, I’ve brought it on the record just to have some fun with it now that we’ve played them twice we can help them sell tickets next time. I think they need help. Just to build the rivalry up.”
Nov 21, 2013 5:35 PM EST
Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for throwing the basketball into the stands during a 123-120 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
The incident occurred with 2:54 left in the game and the Rockets up by five points at the time.
Nov 19, 2013 4:28 PM EST
Omer Asik did not address his trade request or unwillingness to play or practice last week, but he did say that he is ready to help the Houston Rockets again.
“The thing is, I was just frustrated,” Asik said at Tuesday’s shootaround. “It’s behind me now. I’m just looking forward to help my team to win.”
When asked if he still wanted to be traded, Asik declined to comment.
“I do not talk about that,” he said. “I never talk about that. My focus is just winning tonight’s game (against the Celtics) and helping my team as much as I can.”
Nov 19, 2013 12:07 PM EST
Dwight Howard has struggled with his post offense this season, which was an area of his game that was showing promise when he was with the Orlando Magic.
Howard used to dunk from the post, something he has not done on any of his post-up tries in 13-14.
"He's gotten a little older, and the back injury is there," said Stan Van Gundy. "That will take away some of his quickness and mobility."
Nov 19, 2013 12:03 PM EST
James Harden has received widespread criticism this season with his lack of effort on defense. Harden has a habit of gambling for steals and doesn't play with much urgency as he's assigned to carry a huge load offensively for the Houston Rockets.
"There's no in-between with him," Kelvin Sampson says of Harden's defense. "He's either really good or he's not there. He sometimes has slacked off as he adjusts to being a no. 1 option on offense, but being a no. 1 option comes with responsibilities on the other end."
The pace the Rockets play on offense is also exhausting.
"Our guards just have a hard time being two people in our system — really good offensively, and really good defensively," Sampson said.
Nov 17, 2013 8:13 PM EST
Iman Shumpert underwent a second surgery on his left knee and is currently being packaged by the New York Knicks in proposed trades for Rajon Rondo and Omer Asik, according to a source.
Shumpert had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee last July that the Knicks never reported. He originally tore the ACL and meniscus in his left knee against the Miami Heat during Game 1 of the 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Danny Ainge appears unlikely to deal Rondo to the Boston Celtics' rival in New York. The Houston Rockets, meanwhile, appear set to trade Asik at some point this season.
The Knicks reportedly want to deal Stoudemire, whose bloated contract doesn't expire until after next season, while Felton's value has never been lower with the point guard underperforming this season. Felton has been playing with a hamstring injury.
The general feeling around the NBA is that Shumpert will be traded sooner than later. Shumpert was in reported trade talks between the Knicks and Denver Nuggets centered on Kenneth Faried.
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