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Houston Rockets end trade talks over unsettled star

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The Houston Rockets have ended trade talks involving centre Omer Asik, reports suggest. 

According to unnamed sources cited by USA Today, the Western Conference contenders haven't found a potential suitor for the Turkish star in time for their Thursday deadline and will now look to reassess the situation after ending trade talks.

The future of 27-year-old Asik, a former 36th overall pick for the Portland Trailblazers, has been a matter of intense speculation for quite some time now, with the former Chicago Bulls big man having reportedly requested a trade after seemingly becoming unhappy with his bit-part role behind the formidable presence of Dwight Howard.

Despite proving his worth for coach Kevin McHale and the Rockets and starting all 82 games last season, Asik has seen his playing time dramatically reduce this year after the Texas franchise won the infamous Howard sweepstakes during the summer.

McHale had initially tried to incorporate both men into his starting lineup, but the experiment didn't last long after it became apparent that such a move was not sustainable if the Rockets were to mount a serious challenge to the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder at the summit of the West.

The Boston Celtics, who have defied pre-season expectations to sit comfortably among the Eastern playoff pack under rookie coach Brad Stevens, were believed to be the team most likely to land Asik, with the Philadelphia 76ers also muted as a potential destination.

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