NBA Free Agency 2012: Omer Asik Will Meet With Houston Rockets 'As Soon As Tonight'

NBA free agency will officially begin at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, and it appears the Chicago Bulls' biggest free agent -- literally and figuratively -- already has one suitor readying to make a hard push to attain his services. Backup center Omer Asik is drawing strong interest from the Houston Rockets, with the team preparing to make a pitch to the two-year veteran.

The Bulls have maintained all along they plan to keep Asik, though it means the team will have to enter the luxury tax for the first time in its existence. Because Asik was a second round pick with only two years of experience, the most Houston will be able to offer in the first year of the contract is equal to the mid-level exception, which is set at $5 million.

Head over to Blog-a-Bull and read Matt's great breakdown of Chicago's current salary cap fiasco on the eve of free agency.

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