As mentioned yesterday, the Bulls will still have to wait another day or two before Omer Asik actually signs his three-year, $25 million offer sheet with the Rockets. Even so, that doesn't necessarily mean the Bulls haven't made up their minds on what to do with the big Turk. And according to Lance Zierlein (a radio host in Houston), the Bulls will not match (h/t to The Dream Shake):
Sources close to Omar Asik tell me Bulls not expected to match Rockets offer.— Lance Zierlein (@LanceZierlein) July 18, 2012
This Zierlein guy does seem somewhat legit, although there have been multiple other previous reports that have stated that the Bulls would match. Also, I would be willing to give this dude a bit more credibility if he actually spelled Asik's first name correctly.
Whether the Bulls should match Asik or not has been discussed ad nauseum on this site, so there's little point in me going much further into that. However, that won't stop me from directing you to this fine piece from Ricky O'Donnell over at the mothership. The basic gist of the article is that the Bulls are in a no-win situation no matter which route they choose with Asik, which is a position that yfBB has held for quite some time now.
Now if the Bulls do end up letting Asik walk, they'll need to find a replacement center to back up Joakim Noah. Enter Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears with this bit of cheery news:
Front runners for free agent center Darko Milicic are Miami, Clippers, Chicago and Brooklyn, source tells Y! Sports.— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 18, 2012
As I'm sure you're all aware, Darko Milicic was selected second by the Detroit Pistons behind LeBron James in the 2003 NBA Draft. I'm also sure you're all aware that Darko has been an epic bust, as his latest stint with the T-Wolves marked his fifth NBA stop. He was especially terrible last season, putting up averages of 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds and sporting a pathetic 9.02 PER. Because he was somehow getting nearly $5 million per season, the Wolves promptly amnestied his sorry behind last week. And naturally, he made it through the amnesty waiver process.
In short, I really have nothing good to say about Darko, other then the fact that he's seven-feet tall. He'd certainly come at a far cheaper price tag than Asik (just how cheap I'm not totally sure), which as we all know is very important when it comes to winning Jerry Reinsdorf's coveted financial championship. All I'll say is that if the Bulls wind up essentially swapping Asik for Darko, the comment sections on this blog will be priceless.
A few other free agent rumors from around the web:
- Jonathan Santiago of the TrueHoop Network and SLAMonline ran into free agent forward Donte Greene at the Las Vegas Summer League and tweeted that the Bulls and Sixers have expressed interest. Greene has been, how shall we put it, pretty awful in four NBA seasons, but what else can you expect when you're scraping the bottom of the free agent barrel?
- Eric Pincus over at HOOPSWORLD reported last night that the Bulls were interested in Hornets restricted free agent Marco Belinelli. Pincus even went as far as tweeting that the Bulls were the "front-runner." Belinelli is a solid player, but I'm not sure why the Bulls would sign him to a potential multi-year deal when they could have just had Kyle Korver at a pretty reasonable price for one more season. Belinelli made about $3.4 million last year, so I'm assuming any new deal would be slightly above that, which would be a tad below Korver. So yeah, not really getting this one.