The unfortunate reality for Asik is that the Rockets may not need him, but they could end up keeping him as an insurance policy -- even if he is expensive. Regardless of Smith's diagnosis, Asik appears to be in for a frustrating stretch with the team that promised him big money and big minutes just last summer.
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