The clock on Omer Asik is ticking and it looks like the Bulls will look the other way.
The cash-strapped Chicago Bulls have been very careful with their financial situation this summer and have virtually let their entire bench walk away in order to avoid the luxury tax and create cap space. And it looks like Omer Asik will be next. Asik, a restricted free-agent, received a "poison pill" contract from the Houston Rockets for three years and $25 million, in which he will be paid close to $15 million in the last year of the deal.
According to RealGM, the Bulls are heavily leaning towards not matching the offer, and for good reason. If they matched, they would then commit about $27 million to their two centers in the last year of Asik's deal. Furthermore, they would be in the luxury tax for the next two years, making it very difficult for them to have any flexibility with roster moves.
The Bulls should and have started looking at cheaper options at the center position to replace Asik, who's a young, developing center but certainly not worthy of the contract that he's received.
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