The NBA trade wheel is spinning, and its moving fast.
Asik has just one year left on the three-year contract he signed with Houston two summers ago, before the Rockets traded for perennial all star center Dwight Howard, which relegated Asik to a back-up role.
This is the second NBA trade of the day involving teams looking to create some cap space for this summer, after the Dallas Mavericks agreed to send Jose Calderon, among others, to the New York Knicks in exchange for Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton.
Asik, a noted defensive stopper, will form an excellent defensive front court tandem with Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.
Asik was ready to leave
In addition to making $15 million this season, Omer Asik will get something he's wanted desperately, ever since Dwight Howard first showed up in H-Town, playing time.
The trade rumors persisted to the all star break, but an appropriate trade never materialized.
He played in just 48 games last season with Houston, after the Howard acquisition.
Melo Sweepstakes heating up
With the Rockets making the $15 Million salary dump, they are now in a position to make a run at a marquee free agent, and Carmelo Anthony will meet with the team once free agency officially begins on July 1.
Houston has been rumored to be a potential destination for Anthony since the middle of the season, when it was apparent that he would be opting out of the final year of his contract, and that the Rockets would be in position to make room for his contract by trading Asik.
Anthony is also expected to meet with the Chicago Bulls and Dallas Mavericks.
The largest contract any of those three teams could offer Anthony, in a max deal would be for four years and roughly $96 million, while the Knicks could offer him five years and nearly $128 million.