Rockets Trade Rumors: Nene, Omer Asik Reportedly On Houston's Radar

The Houston Rockets aggressively aim to overhaul their roster, which we covered in this StoryStream yesterday, word has emerged on what moves they’re trying to make and which players they’ve targeted.

The Houston Chronicle reports the Chicago Bulls have expressed an interest in Rockets guard Courtney Lee, now in his third professional season, his first with Houston, though Rockets GM Daryl Morey is “hesitant to part with Lee.” Chicago would send rookie center Omer Asik, averaging 2.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in just 11.4 minutes per game, to Houston.

Additionally, according to the report, Morey has started trade talks with the Denver Nuggets, presumably regarding All-Star forward Carmelo Anthony. However, Morey is also interested in veteran center Nene, a free-agent-to-be who leads the league in field-goal shooting at 64.8 percent. At 6-foot-11 and 260 pounds, the 28-year-old center has legitimate center size in this league, and his per-game productivity (a career-best 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds) suggests he has several such years left in him. He’d give a real boost to a Rockets team playing the inexperienced Jordan Hill (age 23) and the undersized Chuck Hayes (6-foot-6) heavy minutes in the pivot.

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