Jul 14 2013, 7:31pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
This is what Houston GM Daryl Morey revealed in a Houston Chronicle interview with Jonathan Feigen on Saturday. Feigen cites Lin's abitlity to attack and Asik's defense off the bench as the intangibles which Morey deems invaluable. In addition, the team's superstars, Dwight Howard and James Harden, want the two to remain with the team.
"The reality is James and Dwight want to play with Jerem and Omer. I've been kicked down to assistant GM. They're going to be here."
Morey admitted the absence of Asik in some of their games last season really took a toll on the team defensively. Now that he's paired up with Howard at the center spot, he believes they'll be a top-notch defensive team.
"When we didn't have Omer out there last year, we (stunk). I mean, we were terrible. That was where we lost games. When we had Omer out there, we were a top-ten defensive team. Now we have a defensive player of the year and Omer."
NBC Sports' Brett Pollakoff reports it was Asik who wanted to leave Houston once he found out Howard became a Rocket. Pollakoff says this may be due to a reduced role because of the turn of events.
However, Howard believes Asik is an integral part of the Rockets and that they should all be able to complement one another.
"He (Asik) and Jeremy Lin will be very good playing with me. I'm goin to do whatever I can to make those guys' lives better. I realize how much they mean to this team."
Howard decided to join the Houston Rockets on July 5 on a four-year deal reportedly worth $88 million. In his one-year stint as a Los Angeles Laker, he averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.
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