Houston Forward Times

28 January 2014 Written by  Nicholas A. Norman

Houston Rockets Trade Talk


The Houston Rockets are dangling Francisco Garcia around the league in trade talks.

The Rockets don’t have much of a use for him, especially with Omri Casspi playing such a large role, but he could be a nice addition for a contending team. Garcia can shoot the three-ball and play solid defense as well, and would likely be able to be acquired at a cheap price.

Garcia has played in 40 games this season for the Rockets, averaging 5.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game. Obviously those aren’t great numbers, but he’s a very reliable bench option just to add to the depth of a roster. He’s an experienced veteran that could help out a locker room as the playoffs approach as well.

There haven’t been reports as to what the Rockets would be asking for in return for Garcia, but it won’t be a very steep price. More than likely a team could acquire him for a second round pick or something along those lines. If there is a team that needs some bench depth and has a chance to compete towards the trading deadline, Garcia will likely be one of the options.

Overall, this isn’t big news, but there are teams that Garcia could carve out a very nice role with. There haven’t been any teams that have interest as of yet, but that will likely change over the next few weeks. Whether he ends up getting traded or not, Garcia is going to be on the trading block through the trade deadline.

The agent for the Houston Rockets big man, Donatas Motiejunas, has attempted to find a trade for the disgruntled power forward. There’s no word if he’s been successful in finding a suitor (the Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics were rumored to have interest) but he’s going to find difficulty in brokering a trade if the Rockets themselves don’t want to move Motiejunas, which appears to be the case.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said recently that the team has received a lot of calls in regards to Motiejunas but that they simply don’t want to move him.

“Teams are opportunistic. Any player that other teams like and think is good and that’s not playing, generally that’s who you get calls on. We’ve gotten a lot of calls on Donatas because he’s a mobile 7-footer with offensive skill. He’s not a perfect player, but because he wasn’t playing, teams are like ‘Maybe we can get him on the cheap.’

“We believe in him. I expect him to be here. The reality is, it’s very hard to get a 7-footer who can play as well as him on a $1 million contract.”

Morey told season ticket holders Friday that they expect Omer Asik to remain a Rocket for the duration of his contract, not just this season. The veteran center signed with Houston in 2012 expecting to be the starting center, a situation that altered when the Rockets signed Dwight Howard last summer. An upset Asik demanded a trade, then reasserted that request earlier this season. The Rockets attempted to trade the Turkish big man, even setting a deadline, but saw no offer good enough to prompt a move.

Asik hasn’t played a game since December 2nd.“We pushed to trade Omer in December,” said Morey. “We felt we had to make a fair and aggressive effort to do that. Obviously, he’d prefer to be a starter.
“At this point, Omer is very likely going to be here until the end of his contract at the end of next season, not this season. The window to trade him was [in December], and teams weren’t aggressive enough to get him, so we’re excited about him being a part of our future.”

With all the trade talks lets hope the team can somehow find chemistry and bring it together for the last half of the season.

MAA WereReady