Omer Asik rumors: 5 teams vying for Rockets big man

Bob Levey

The latest reports on the Rockets' former rim protector indicate that a deal is imminent. Where will he end up?

Houston Rockets center Omer Asik is close to finding a new NBA home, and five teams are emerging as front-runners for his services, according to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski. The deal is expected to get done in the next 48 hours.

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The Boston Celtics, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Philadelphia 76ers are all in play per the report, as well as a possible "wildcard" team.

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Houston is determined to move their disgruntled big man, who became upset with his situation when newcomer Dwight Howard took his spot in the rotation and subsequently forced him into a diminished role. It now seems a matter of when, and not if, he finds a new team.

When he does depart, the team he joins will get a legitimate rim protector in the prime of his career. When given consistent opportunities, he's been productive as evidenced by his career-high 14.9 player efficiency rating (via Basketball-Reference.com) last season and career average of 1.7 blocks per 36 minutes.

Houston is well-situated with Howard as the cornerstone of their frontcourt for the foreseeable future.

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