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The NBA has officially approved the trade between the Pelicans, Wizards, and Rockets that will send Omer Asik to New Orleans.

The deal will go down as a three-team trade that sends Asik, Omri Casspi and $1.5 million to New Orleans, Trevor Ariza, Alonzo Gee, Scotty Hopson, and New Orleans' protected first-round pick in 2015 to Houston, and Melvin Ely and a $8.5 million trade exception to Washington. Asik only averaged 5.8 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14, but he should serve a solid late-round pick with his numbers poised to see a boost in New Orleans.

Omer Asik C NO 2 Months

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Rockets are set to deal C Omer Asik to the Pelicans.

That means this should be a done deal, although we're waiting to hear the details about who the Pels are giving up. New Orleans has had a lot of injury problems at center, but the arrival of Asik should help put an end to that. Look for him to start alongside Anthony Randolph next season, and look for his fantasy value to take a nice jump now that he no longer has to deal with Dwight Howard.

Omer Asik C NO 2 Months

Sam Amick is reporting that the Rockets have deals lined up for both C Omer Asik and PG Jeremy Lin, but they only want to move them if they have a shot at landing Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

Every team in the league seems to have interest in Melo and LeBron, so whether the Rockets will be able to land either star remains in doubt. But it does sound like they have a plan in place in case either player wants to go play in Houston with Dwight Howard and James Harden.

Omer Asik C NO 4 Months

Omer Asik started against the Blazers in Game 3 on Friday, finishing with seven points, eight boards, two assists and one block

He guarded LaMarcus Aldridge for much of this game and did a decent job, keeping him near the baseline rather than in the high post. Asik will likely start again on Sunday night.

Omer Asik C NO 4 Months

Omer Asik will start at power forward against the Blazers on Friday night.

This will move Terrence Jones to the bench and it's mostly due to LaMarcus Aldridge having a field day in the first two games of this series. Asik fared better than Jones in both games and it'll be interesting to see how much of an overhaul the Rockets' rotation gets tonight.

Omer Asik C NO 4 Months

Omer Asik said on Tuesday that he wants another chance to guard LaMarcus Aldridge in Game 2 on Wednesday.

"The first thing is to stop LaMarcus Aldridge," Asik said. "He killed us almost last game and going into this game, we have to do our best to help him stop a little bit more." Coach Kevin McHale added his team will do some stuff differently and and sounds like he could make some calls on the fly. Aldridge got way too deep in the paint against Terrence Jones quite often in Game 1, so look for the Rockets to use that defensive matchup less.

Omer Asik C NO 5 Months

Rockets coach Kevin McHale said that "it's possible" he'll pair Dwight Howard and Omer Asik for stretches vs. the Trail Blazers.

"We haven't done it a lot lately," he said. "They were effective earlier [this season] at stages, and this might be one of those games where if we're having a heck of a time with Aldridge we might try one of our big centers on him." Terrence Jones will get the first chance to slow Aldridge down, but he struggled with the matchup this season and his success or failure will be a key facet of Houston's first-round matchup.

Omer Asik C NO 5 Months

Omer Asik will not play against the Pelicans on Wednesday.

He's getting some rest tonight as the Rockets prepare for the Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Donatas Motiejunas will back up Dwight Howard tonight.

Omer Asik C NO 5 Months

Omer Asik put up a double-double vs. the Nuggets on Wednesday with 12 points, 12 boards and one assist in 24 minutes.

Dwight Howard (ankle) wasn't too close to returning tonight, but that could change on Friday vs. the Wolves. Asik owners probably shouldn't make a proactive cut or anything just because he's been filling up the stat sheets. Although, his value will take a massive hit upon Howard's return, so they'll want to check for updates.

Omer Asik C NO 5 Months

Omer Asik had 10 points, 15 rebounds, a steal and two blocks in Tuesday's easy win over the Lakers.

The Lakers are an embarrassment right now and this game was well over by the start of the fourth quarter. Asik was somewhat overshadowed by the strong play of teammate Terrence Jones (33 points, 7 rebounds), but posted a nice line of his own. Dwight Howard may be back in action soon to try to get into game shape for the playoffs, but as long as he's out, Asik is a must-play.