Take this with a grain of salt as the reporter spelt Omer Asik as “Omar” Asik, but Lance Zierlein of Sports Talk 790 Radio and The Z-Report/Houston Chronicle relayed via Twitter that sources close to Asik have informed him that the Bulls are not expected to match Houston’s offer.
The offer, with a backloaded 3rd year of $14.89 million would be a major risk for Chicago to accept for a backup center who has a limited offensive skill set. Further fuel to the “Asik2Houston” fire is emerging news from Yahoo! Sports that the Bulls are among 4 teams (Nets, Clippers, Heat, Bulls) as the frontrunners to land FA center, Darko Milicic. An unimpressive season left the former number 2 draft pick and his $5 million contract amnestied last week by the Timberwolves. The 7 footer played 29 games last season and averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds. Though he’s a downgrade from Asik, for vet minimum I’d take him and let Thibs work his magic.