Updated 01:26 AM EST, Tue, Nov 24, 2020

NBA Trade Rumors 2014: Houston Rockets Could Trade Omer Asik to New York Knicks Before Deadline

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The New York Knicks are still hoping to turn their season around and reports on Thursday indicated that the team will make a splash in the offseason.

ESPN reported that the Knicks, who are underperforming this season after a 50-win season last year, are expected to shop for a power forward or center before the Feb. 20 deadline.

Sources said that the Knicks could be in the mix for Houston Rockets center Omer Asik, who has been on the trading block since the start of the 2013-14 NBA season.

The Rockets haven't said what they intend to do with Asik in the coming weeks, but most league executives are still convinced the Rockets will eventually part ways with the disgruntled center.

However, as FanSided noted, the Knicks might not have enough assets to entice the Knicks to trade Asik. The Rockets are reportedly seeking a stretch power forward, who can space the floor for All-Star center Dwight Howard, and the Knicks have no player of that caliber, unless the Rockets are interested in acquiring Andrea Bargnani.

"When it comes to what the Knicks would send back, Thorpe states that the Knicks need to be able to give up a stretch four to the Rockets, which is something they covet in an Asik trade and is something the Knicks don't have," FanSided noted.

But while it appears to be a long shot at this point, ESPN noted that the Asik-to-New York deal could be possible even if there is no stretch four involved in the deal.

According to the report, a deal could be struck if the Rockets will offer a trade package involving Asik and Jeremy Lin for Knicks rookie shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and veteran center Tyson Chandler.

Trading Chandler will also leave a big gap on the frontline rotation of the Knicks, but Asik was able to prove last season that he can become one of the best centers in the league if given enough playing time.

Asik, who signed a lucrative back-loaded three-year deal worth $25 million in 2012, averaged 10.1 points and 11.7 rebounds to go along with 1.1 blocks in 30.0 minutes of playing time per game last season. His numbers this season are down significantly, tallying just 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes per game.

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