Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Chicago Bulls Won’t Match Houston Rockets’ Offer for Omer Asik

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Bulls have elected to let Omer Asik walk. The big fella will head to Houston, having agreed to a $25 million deal with the Rockets: “The Bulls on Tuesday officially will announce they have declined to match Omer Asik’s three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet from the Rockets, sources said, paving the way for multiple signings that began Monday with Kirk Hinrich. The Tribune reported on July 8 that Hinrich verbally agreed to a two-year deal, but it’s closer to $8 million in value, sources said. Hinrich, who will be reintroduced at a 2 p.m. Berto Center news conference on Tuesday, turned down slightly more money from the Bucks, sources said. ‘There were other teams in the picture, however my heart and gut told me that Chicago was the right decision for my basketball career and my family,’ Hinrich said in a text message. ‘I’m excited for the opportunity and challenge.’ [...] The Bulls will add another shooting guard as well, with the imminent signing of Marco Belinelli for the biannual exception of $1.9 million. Belinelli flew to Chicago on Monday for a physical, sources said, and La Gazzetta dello Sport reported that Belinelli’s deal will be two years for $3.8 million, with the second year a team option. Because the Bulls used a portion of the $5 million midlevel exception for Hinrich and the biannual exception to sign Belinelli, it’s impossible for the Bulls to match even Asik’s $5 million starting salary and stay below the hard cap of $74.3 million. They will pay the luxury tax for the first time in franchise history. The Bulls also will sign Kenwood Academy product Nazr Mohammed to a one-year, $1.4 million deal to replace Asik, sources said.”

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woWqSmichOo RunNGun

    And why would they with D-ROSE out until late March? Short term rebuild with a tanked season.

  • http://www.dimemag.com showtime

    All i remember of dude is when westbrook ASIk & destroyed him on that slam..& now he gettin to the money O the luxury to be 7’0..lol

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice, now the Rockets can trade him for Dwight.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Ok, so I know his defense is great but does he have any offensive skills whatsoever? I did not get to watch him very much last year. I do know his free throw shooting is turrible, but that’s about it.

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    I swear if I could choose between being 7 feet tall or having a enormous schlong. I’d choose being 7 feet tall SMH at the contracts being given to scrub big men these days

  • http://www.slamonline.com nbk Troll

    @ Kevin you are a idiot, please go away!!!

  • dsleepy

    daryl morey might get fired soon

  • http://kb24.com x-DrEw_MaiN-x

    The bulls must think the 72 and 10team is coming back to save the day

  • Mack

    RIP Bench Mob

  • LA Huey

    They’re not going to overpay for a big man again. They got that out of their system two years ago.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    @Teddy, Asik’s offense is pretty poor. He regressed last season. I don’t know if that’s because there was no preseason and minimal practice time, or if the league just figured him out. He has horrible hands, a bad habit of bringing the ball down below his waist making it easy to strip, and for as large as he is he has a hard time finishing strong around the rim. He relies on getting the foul calls but is a poor foul shooter. So his offensive game is nonexistent. His defense is great blocks wise, but he has slow feet. So if he’s matched up against a faster big, which is what this league is moving towards, he ends up relying on his blocks more than being in position, so he gets into foul trouble. He’s a great backup center, but I think he’s extremely overpaid at $8.4MM a year. I was struggling with the idea of the Bulls even paying him $5MM a year before free agency started knowing they still had to pay Gibson.

  • http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/chicago-bulls-talk/2011 Diesel

    As for the Bulls bench, I think they’ll be fine. They lost brewer, but Butler can more than fill those shoes. I actually think he’ll be a better player. CJ Watson’s production can be replaced by Teague. And like I said in my previous comment I personally think Asik is overrated and can easily be replaced by Mohammed. I think losing Korver will hurt and I absolutely hate the Radmonovic signing. So the Bulls are looking at a starting five of Deng, Noah, Boozer, Rip, and Hinrich…with Butler, Gibson, Teague, Mohammed, and Belinelli coming off the bench. I really don’t think that’s a bad line up. Keep in mind most of the bench is signed to one year contracts. Bulls can drop them all next season and make a run at better free agents once Rose is healthy again and they have a better idea of what the team will look like.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Redd

    Trade for Howard? LOL wow..

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Pm_5aIavU&feature=g-all-u Max

    Asik’s help defence was great.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ah, thanks Diesel.