The Houston Rockets will be looking to pry Omer Asik away from Chicago. The Bulls have vowed to match all offers on the third year big man.
The Bulls are protected somewhat by the Gilbert Arenas exception. Since the Bulls only have early bird rights on Asik, the most the Rockets can offer is five million in the first two years and then ramp up to the max in the final two seasons. It seems highly unlikely the Bulls would match a max offer which would pay Asik around 36-40 million depending where the max salary goes.
The Bulls may quickly have to decide whether or not they are going to pay serious money or not. If the Bulls are willing to pay big tax money down the line then it's fine to match Asik. However, if the Bulls are going to try to avoid the tax or attempt to stay under the tax apron in order to do S&Ts and have the full MLE, then matching a serious offer on Asik would be a waste.
Quite frankly, while I do think Omer is valuable, I also think the Bulls will behave in a very cost conscious way going forward. If that's the case, then Omer's not the man I'm spending my money on.
He's never going to replace Joakim Noah as he's not 100th the offensive player [and no one thinks Joakim is a stud which tells you how far away Omer is from doing anything productive]. While Bulls fans have hung C.J. out to dry for passing to a wide open Omer under the basket, no one seems to notice that wide open Omer under the basket couldn't get his shot off and score nor could he hit either of the free throw attempts.
Sure, C.J. should have known his teammates but the fact that we're scared of a guy catching a ball and dunking means he shouldn't be making huge money IMO.
Asik seems like a guy who's probably worth four years 20 million to me. However, with the Bulls having three quality big men already, it's hard to justify the money on a fourth big man if the team isn't going to go hog wild with spending. With the new rules, I expect Chicago to continue their conservative spending patterns.
The Rockets may be willing to part with one of their picks in this draft or perhaps Courtney Lee in order to acquire Asik whose value is simply higher to a team without a quality center on the roster. Given Asik is simply worth more to another team than Chicago, the Bulls might want to focus on maximizing their return for him rather than trying to keep him pigeon holed in a 15 minute a night role.
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