Rockets end Omer Asik trade talks, plan to keep him for now

Thursday December 19th, 2013

Omer Asik (Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Omer Asik (left) has missed the last seven games with a right thigh injury. (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Houston's self-imposed deadline to move Omer Asik arrived on Thursday, and with no deal in place, the Rockets plan to keep the big man for now, a league source told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

The Celtics had become a potential trade partner in recent days, but a deal never materialized.

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The 27-year-old 7-footer, who is averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 assists in 17 games this season, is owed $15 million next season. He has missed the last seven games with a right thigh injury for the Rockets (17-9).

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