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Trade rumor: The New Orleans Pelicans have once more made Omer Asik available

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For a second straight year, Asik’s name has surfaced in trade rumors.

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According to an article on Comcast SportsNet New England, the New Orleans Pelicans are looking to move Omer Asik in a trade.

Omer Asik, the rim-protecting big man who has not been nearly as impactful in the Big Easy as he was in Chicago, is very much available a league source has told CSNNE.com.

This isn’t the first time Asik’s name has appeared in trade rumors, as nearly one year ago to this very day Michael Scotto declared the Pelicans had made him available shortly after re-signing him to a 4-year contract.

Since arriving in New Orleans, Omer Asik has not had the same type of impact as he had with both the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets. Made even more puzzling was the fact that the franchise decided to re-sign him shortly after replacing Monty Williams with Alvin Gentry, a head coach renowned for playing smaller and quicker.

Over the summer, Dell Demps expressed hope Asik would improve significantly by being in great basketball shape, one year after being hindered by a back injury all season.

“We expect him to come back in basketball shape and ready to play,” Demps said. “And for us to be good, we need him to have a good season. We need him to be the player he was a couple years ago, but we feel like he can do that. I think he’s going to put in the work.”

Asik is averaging just 3.3 points and 6.0 rebounds in 17.3 minutes per game — statistics that are practically identical to last season’s minutes and per game production. With him well on his way in failing to meet the lofty expectations of the front office, the Pelicans are unsurprisingly keen on moving him, but coincidentally, it now poses a great challenge, if not an impossible one, to find him a new home in the NBA.