Reports broke on Sunday night that the Houston Rockets had made a 3-year, $25 million offer to Chicago Bulls C Omer Asik. Though the Bulls cannot comment directly on the matter until July 11, they have reaffirmed their commitment to retaining the 25-year-old Turkey native, according to Bulls GM Gar Forman:
Gar: "I don’t want to speculate until we actually see something. We’ve made it clear we value Omer."— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) July 2, 2012
The Rockets' offer, which included a $15 million third year, will likely put the Bulls in a tough fiscal position if they were to match the offer. However, Asik averaged 7.6 points, 2.5 blocks and 13.0 rebounds per 36 minutes in the 2011-12 NBA season, and the Bulls -- already without PG Derrick Rose for much of the season -- are hoping to retain as much talent as they can entering the 2012-13 season.