As originally reported by Michael Scotto of SheridanHoops, the New Orleans Pelicans are reportedly receptive to moving center Omer Asik just months after the team re-signed Asik in unrestricted free agency.
The Pelicans are easily one of the most disappointing teams in the 2015-16 NBA season: New Orleans has gotten off to a sluggish 6-18 start after they finished 45-37 last season, securing the eighth seed in an incredibly competitive Western Conference. Even though it’s not yet Christmas, the string of early losses has effectively eliminated the team from the playoffs. Basketball-Reference projects New Orleans as having a better probability at earning the #1 pick (9.7%) than they do at earning a playoff spot (1.3%).
While Asik has performed much better on the defensive end throughout his entire career, his severe offensive struggles this season are likely among the reasons why New Orleans would be eager to trade him — and those same struggles also make it unlikely that New Orleans will receive much in return at the present moment. In 237 minutes played this season, Asik has only scored 37 points, or just 5.6 points every 36 minutes. He is shooting 37.5% from the field after never shooting lower than 50% in any of his previous five NBA seasons.
Asik is in the first year of a four-year, $44 million contract, which does not include an unguaranteed season in 2019-20 that is worth $14 million.