The decision should have already been made. I don’t care what Bulls GM Gar ForePax says about having to see the official Rockets offer for Omer Asik, it should be decided. Bulls fans know all too well just how much the front office loves their core, but they cannot justify giving stone hands Asik $25 million over 3 years. If they even think of matching this Asik silliness, I’m driving up to the Berto to drop knowledge and show them the following names…
Jim Mcllvaine (7 years $35 million), Jon Koncak (or Jon Contract), Bryant Reeves (6 years $64 million) and the open quitter, Ben Wallace (4 years $60 million). Those are some of the most heinous contracts in league history and when you consider that the 3rd year of Asik’s deal will pay him $14.2 million, this work by Daryl Morey will soon place itself on this infamous list.
$25 million for a guy that averaged 3.1 points per game last year and displayed the offensive skill of a suburban JV level bum. Sure, Asik is one of the league’s best perimeter defenders, but he kills the Bulls on offense. Teams rightfully ignored Asik because he can’t shoot the ball, doesn’t have one post move he can rely on, shoots free throws like Chris Dudley (45% free throw shooter if you’re into those gaudy numbers), bobbles even the most remedial passes, misses layups with regularity & has never shown an ability to play starters minutes (his propensity to foul everything limits his potential impact). I’m done with this team’s love for one way players, and Asik is the poster boy for specialty guys.
Oh, and don’t forget his injury history. He’s dealt with an ACL injury, shoulder issues & a broken fibula. Omer might be young in age (26), but he’s only going to become more decrepit and injury prone. There’s a reason the Rockets are the Rockets. Even though the cap hit of Asik’s deal will be spread out equally over the 3 years, it’s a repulsive contract that is still inducing laughter and utter shock.
So go ahead and laud Morey for finding the Gilbert Arenas hole in the new CBA, but know why this Rockets bunch will still be a perennial lottery team in 3 years. In a league littered with GM’s throwing around bad paper, this deal is as putrid as most. The Bulls can’t go into the luxury tax for a guy that is a similar image to the one you’re paying $60 million.
This is a non Omer layup decision for the Bulls. Fast forward to the 2014-15 season for a second. Luol Deng’s deal will come off the books, but the Bulls would still have $38 million tied up in three frontcourt players (Carlos Boozer’s $16.8 million if he’s not amnestied, Joakim Noah’s $13.15 million & Asik’s $14.2 million). That’s a shitload of money for two guys that can’t get easy buckets down low or on mid range jumpers, and a coasting fake tough guy that’s going through the motions yelling “grab it” to everyone on the court with him. No thanks on that, I’m good.
This is a star’s league, and the Bulls continue to have 1. If they match this Asik deal, they’ll dig themselves even deeper into NBA hell just like the Nets did by acquiring Joe Johnson’s 4 years & $89 million albatross deal. The Bulls need to get find a taker for Deng (2 years & $27 million), or wait until ’14 when they can clear nearly $30 million in cap space when his deal is up & they can amnesty Boozer. Why overpay Asik when he’ll be nothing but an expiring contract by that point?
Instead of being their typical deliberate selves, the Bulls should have already made the Asik decision. The stricter CBA will make or break GM’s, and it’s not worth risking your future flexibility on a guy that’s likely topped out as an offensive player. Tell him thank you and send him on his Turkish way. And while they’re talking about Brandon Roy and Derek Fisher, they better be having discussions on how to bring a superstar in to help the one real commodity they actually have.