Jeremy Lin Trade Rumors Squashed, GM Confirms the Point Guard is Staying

By Ruth

After initial reports of the Houston Rockets looking to trading point guard Jeremy Lin and center Omer Asik, the team's general manager confirmed they will be staying in Houston.

"The reality is James (Harden) and Dwight (Howard) want to play with Jeremy and Omer," Daryl Morey, the Rockets GM told The Houston Chronicle. "I've been kicked down to assistant GM. They're going to be here."

Asik was looking to leave the Rockets upon them signing center Dwight Howard, according to NBC Sports. Howard is a big star and a franchise player, and with him in the lineup, Asik is worried his minutes and impact will be relegated to the bench. Hearing about this, Howard told the Houston Chronicle otherwise.

"Omer might not really see the total big picture right now, and I totally understand. He's a young guy and he wants to really be respected. I would tell him when I see him, 'You've done a great job on this team. I'm going to help you and this team get better.' He's a big piece to us winning a championship if we're going to make that run," he said.

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