TNT’s David Aldridge states that the Houston Rockets will not only trade center Omer Asik during this coming week, but that the Cleveland Cavaliers could be a potential landing spot.
ICYMI: Rockets will trade Asik next Wednesday or Thursday. And do not discount Cleveland/Varejao. Would be perfect fit next to Howard.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) December 13, 2013
Asik is disgruntled with his backup role in Houston, one that was created when the team landed Dwight Howard. He’s currently sidelined with what the team is calling a ‘bruised thigh.’ It is believed that the Rockets would prefer to deal Asik, who is due $5.2 million this season and a well-documented $14.9 million in 2014-15, to an Eastern Conference team. The Philadelphia 76ers have also been mentioned as a possible landing spot or as a third team, potentially moving forward Thaddeus Young.
Playing in all 82 games for the Rockets last season, the 27-year-old Asik averaged 10.1 points (54.1 percent), 11.7 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks per game.
Varejao, a nine-year veteran and local fan favorite, is currently averaging 8.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Due $9 million in this season and next, he has been moved to a bench role with the inclusion of center Andrew Bynum in the starting five. It was believed that the Rockets would also like a fist-round draft selection in return for any deal that involves Asik.