You have to be careful when reading Sam. For instance, in this latest column/notebook, he speculates on the Bulls keeping Asik and Taj but trading Joakim Noah to the Houston Rockets. They've been looking for a center (and have perused Omer Asik in the past), have two picks in the teens, and some depth to deal in return.
Theare one the teams said to be considering a strong offer to Bulls center Asik. The thinking is it might help them retain , who though playing very well at center the second half of the season doesn't want to return as a center.
We went over the scenarios for Asik's restricted free agency several weeks ago. Like the Cavs, a team who've had reported interest, the Celtics are potentially under the cap this offseason and could back-load the contract in years 3 and 4 to potentially cause the Bulls to hesitate matching. The Bulls have publicly said they'd match offers for Asik.