The Houston Rockets have made one of the first free agency offers of the offseason. The Rockets and free agent center Omer Asik have agreed to a three-year, $25.1 million contract. The Chicago Bulls, Asik’s former team, will have three days to match the Rockets offer since Asik is a restricted free agent.
The contract will be severely back loaded towards the end of his deal as he could be earning as much as $15 million. The Bulls may need to just led Asik go as it seems that they are tied up financially with Derrick Rose scheduled to make $17.8 million and Carlos Boozer scheduled to make $16.8 million in the same year Asik is expected to make his boat load of money.
The seven-footer averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in only 66 games but is expected to get a lot of playing time wherever he may land. Asik has been playing behind the likes of Boozer and Joakim Noah.
The Rockets are not the only team interested in Asik. The Indiana Pacers and the Portland Trail Blazers are also aid to be interested in the defensive specialist. However, Bulls GM Gar Forman is planning on keeping Asik for defensive purposes regardless on whether or not it could tie them up financially for the next few years.
The players can start signing contracts July 11. We will see where Asik lands at that time.
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