Rockets center Omer Asik is an analytic's dream. Look no further than his first season in Houston where he averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game while starting all 82 games. Prior to 2012-13, he averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in his best season.
But, the Rockets strayed from their hardcore analytics path this summer with the addition of center Dwight Howard. Now, Asik isn't getting as much playing time and in turn, isn't putting up the numbers he did a year ago.
Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reports Houston has ended trade talks with other teams and will keep Asik for now. The Celtics and Sixers seemed to be the two teams the Rockets were talking to for Asik's services.
First, Asik could definitely help on the court for Philadelphia. Second, current Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie worked in the Rockets front office when they brought Asik to town. Third, Asik would save the 76ers money down the road as he is only owed $8.37 million for this season and next season.
Asik, 27, is averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while averaging just 18.3 minutes per game down from his 30 minutes per game last year.
There is still time between now and the trade deadline to move Asik so any deal isn't dead in the water. This could be a bargaining chip to try and force one of the team's hands to increase their offer. For a guy who is only play 18.3 minutes per game, some of the deals floating around seemed more than fair for Asik. Either way, Asik's name could be in play again sooner rather than later.
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