Bulls GM Forman waiting to address Omer Asik’s offer from Rockets
BY NEIL HAYES firstname.lastname@example.org July 2, 2012 9:16PM
A three-year offer worth about $25 million for Omer Asik may be more than the Bulls want to match. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: August 4, 2012 6:29AM
Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Monday he has yet to see the offer the Houston Rockets extended to restricted-free-agent backup center Omer Asik and won’t weigh in until he does.
‘‘I don’t want to speculate until we actually see something,’’ Forman said at a news conference at the Berto Center to introduce first-round pick Marquis Teague. ‘‘Second of all, we’ve made it clear we value Omer, and it’s been our goal that Omer would stay with the Chicago Bulls. But I’m not going to talk about any type of negotiation or anything contractually.’’
It has been widely reported the Rockets are offering Asik about $25 million over three years, with Asik to be paid $5 million the first year and $5.2 million the second. The third year would approach $15 million, meaning if the Bulls were to match the Rockets’ offer, they’d end up well over the salary cap and be forced to pay the more punitive luxury tax included in last year’s collective-bargaining agreement.
‘‘Things like that are going to happen,” coach Tom Thibodeau said when asked about the lucrative Asik offer. ‘‘When teams win, the value of players goes up, and he’s done a great job for us.’’
Asik appeared in every game for the Bulls last season and averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while backing up Joakim Noah. He is most effective defending the rim, blocking shots and rebounding. He also is an effective screen setter whom the Bulls would like to keep to ensure a continued frontcourt advantage over Eastern Conference opponents.
Forman is also looking for a veteran point guard and help at shooting guard during free agency.
‘‘Obviously, we’ve been very active making calls starting on Sunday to address several roster spots we have and trying to put our team together,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s something that will continue this week and possibly for a lot of the month.’’
Learning from Rose
Teague admitted he was surprised the Bulls picked him 29th overall in Thursday night’s NBA draft and is looking forward to talking with Derrick Rose, who continues to rehab after surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
‘‘I will be able to learn a lot from him,’’ Teague said. ‘‘He’s one of the best point guards in the league, if not the best. I’m going to take advantage of that every single day and come and compete and try to get better.”
Teague said his brother Jeff, a point guard for the Atlanta Hawks, gave him some idea of what to expect.
‘‘My brother told me a little about the Bulls,” he said. ‘‘They are big on defense, and playing for coach [John Calipari at Kentucky], he plays the same style. He likes to defend, run the ball, so I feel I should fit in with this team great. I feel I can do good things here.’’