Rockets GM Daryl Morey told season ticket holders Friday that they expect Omer Asik to remain a Rocket for the duration of his contract, not just this season. The veteran center signed with Houston in 2012 expecting to be the starting center, a situation that altered when the Rockets signed Dwight Howard last summer. An upset Asik demanded a trade, then reasserted that request earlier this season. The Rockets attempted to trade the Turkish big man, even setting a deadline, but saw no offer good enough to prompt a move.

Asik hasn't played a game since December 2nd. From ClutchFans.net:

“We pushed to trade Omer in December,” said Morey. “We felt we had to make a fair and aggressive effort to do that. Obviously, he'd prefer to be a starter.

“At this point, Omer is very likely going to be here until the end of his contract at the end of next season, not this season. The window to trade him was [in December], and teams weren't aggressive enough to get him, so we're excited about him being a part of our future.”