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Report: Rockets trade Omer Asik to Pelicans for 2015 first-round pick

By James Herbert | NBA writer

Omer Asik is reportedly finally leaving Houston.
Omer Asik is reportedly finally leaving Houston. (USATSI)

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UPDATE: The draft pick Houston will receive is guaranteed to fall late in the lottery or in the teens, according to Grantland's Zach Lowe:

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The Houston Rockets will trade center Omer Asik to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for a future first-round pick, according to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

Asik's name has been mentioned in trade rumors since the day that Dwight Howard agreed to come to Houston. New Orleans has come up as a possible destination before, with Ryan Anderson mentioned as a target for the Rockets. That never came to pass, and now having budding superstar Anthony Davis, Asik and Anderson together gives Pelicans head coach Monty Williams lots of flexibility in the frontcourt.

Together, Davis and Asik will be one of the best defensive tandems in the league around the basket. Asik is elite in terms of protecting the rim and rebounding.

Presumably, Houston's next step as it prepares to chase another star will be finding a new home for point guard Jeremy Lin.

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