Nov 19, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets center Omer Asik (3) defends Boston Celtics power forward Kris Humphries (43) during the fourth quarter at Toyota Center. The Rockets defeated the Celtics 109-85. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Omer Asik Will Not Be A Member of the Boston Celtics Any Time Soon

Last night, it appeared to be a done deal: Omer Asik, according to certain sources, was almost certainly going to become a member of

the Boston Celtics by the end of this week.

What a difference a day can make.

Despite actively shopping the 7-footer from Turkey among the Philadelphia Sixers, the Celtics and the Atlanta Hawks, among others, the Houston Rockets have reportedly taken Asik off of the table due to the fact that the Rockets never found an offer that they loved.

Apparently, many would-be suitors were leery of taking on Asik’s contract, which contains a “poison pill” final salary of $15 million that was designed to keep Asik’s previous team, the Chicago Bulls, from being able to match Houston’s offer to the big man during the summer of 2012.  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Houston wanted Asik so bad they crafted a contract that is not the single biggest reason they cannot get rid of him!  Too many teams were reluctant to give up much, knowing they would have to pay for Asik’s hefty price tag.  As a result, Houston was never satisfied with any of the offers that came its way, including  a deal with Boston that would have sent Brandon Bass, Courtney Lee, and a draft pick to Houston for the 7-footer’s services.

As usual, there was a ton of speculation that accompanied any discussion of Asik.  Like I said, certain sources spent part of last night’s game between the Celtics and the Detroit Pistons saying that Boston and Houston were very close to making a deal; other sources, however, suggest that this trade scenario was discussed last week, and that the two teams never returned to the table after Houston turned the offer down.

In an interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub this morning, Danny Ainge himself dismissed last night’s talk of a trade being finalized, saying



 Sorry, Boston fans, but your dreams of having Asik defending the paint will have to be put on hold . . . at least for now.  Houston would love to convince Asik to remain a Rocket, but if he continues to demand a trade, we may be hearing the Celtics name popping in trade rumors as the February 20 deadline approaches.

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