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Rumor: Knicks trying to get involved in Omer Asik talks

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Omer Asik says he isn't unhappy, but he doesn't seem happy either. (USATSI)
Can the Knicks get Omer Asik (USATSI)

The Knicks want in on the Omer Asik sweepstakes. Which makes a lot of sense, because they're painfully thin inside and desperately need another big man to ease the load on Tyson Chandler, who is due back Wednesday from a broken leg.

Per the New York Post:

The Knicks made a foray into the Omer Asik sweepstakes and had discussions with the Rockets and a third team about a three-way swap, an NBA source told The Post. But the source said the Knicks are likely to fall short of obtaining the Houston 7-footer who has asked to be traded.

Problem: What can the Knicks give the Rockets? The report notes the Knicks could offer guards like Iman Shumpert or Metta World Peace. There's Tim Hardaway Jr., but the Rockets are looking for something that can help them now, not later. And we all know the Knicks don't have any first round picks left to deal.

The 76ers, Celtics, Hawks and Cavaliers are said to be the leaders for Asik, with the Trail Blazers possibly being a darkhorse candidate. And a quick glance at all of those team's rosters and assets, and the Knicks don't have anything comparable.

So while the Knicks could use him badly, go ahead and forget about this one.

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