With apparent displeasure regarding his reduced role in the clogged front-court of the Houston Rockets, Omer Asik has reportedly requested to be traded. As many spectators and analysts had predicted prior to the beginning of this season, the Asik/Dwight Howard combination has not worked smoothly.
After a 4-5 start to the season which has drawn ambivalence among fans and supporters, the Toronto Raptors are supposedly interested in making a deal for the Turkish big man who averaged 10 points and nearly 12 rebounds per game last year. This rumor comes after previous reports claiming that the Raptors are “willing to trade anyone aside from Jonas Valanciunas“, which is why this acquisition would not make much sense to me. I believe that Asik would face similar problems of garnering playing time here in Toronto, despite him being a solid player to have on the team. With Valanciunas’ development as a central focus, bringing in Omer Asik would only make the division of playing time more difficult than it already is.
It is also worth noting that Asik is set to make roughly $16.75 million from now until the end of the 2014-2015 season ($8.37 million this year); meaning that salary-matching trade offers that would actually benefit the Raptors may be difficult to come by. There are a couple different scenarios that work, but most of the ones that Houston could logically accept include trading Amir Johnson; and I do not think that such deals would be beneficial to Toronto’s roster.
While the Rockets would definitely love to have Johnson and his “summer-three” heading to Houston, I think that going through with a trade like this would be a poor decision for the Raptors front office to make. Asik would come across many of the same problems that pushed him into making a trade request in the first place, and the Raptors would not be saving money simply because of the fact that Asik’s contract costs more and lasts just as long as Amir Johnson’s does. The deal does not make much sense, and I wouldn’t take it too seriously at this point.