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Rumor: Rockets to trade Asik next week, possibly to the Cavs?

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Asik could be off the Rockets soon, just like he's wanted. (USATSI)
Omer Asik could be traded very soon. (USATSI)

The Omer Asik trade drama could finally be nearing an end.

According to, the Rockets will trade Asik by "Tuesday or Wednesday of next week," and a possible emerging suitor could be the Cavaliers with Anderson Varejao headed back to Houston.

Asik recently switched agents to Arn Tellem, as his agitation has grown that he's not been moved. Asik has been unhappy in Houston since Dwight Howard signed and recently asked for a trade.

Financially, an Asik-for-Varejao swap works as Asik is making $8.3 million this season and Varejao is making right at $9 million. Asik is signed through the 2015 season, while Varejao's deal isn't guaranteed for next season.

Other teams linked to Asik recently have been the 76ers, the Pelicans, the Trail Blazers and the Celtics.

Asik hasn't played in Houston's last four games because of an "injury," but is averaging 4.4 points and 6.8 rebounds in 17 games this season.

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