The Indiana Pacers have reached out to restricted free agent Omer Asik to discuss a possible contract, as Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star reports. The Chicago Bulls are capable of matching any offer that Indiana makes to the young center, and thus far they've indicated that they plan to match any offer that's made.
With Roy Hibbert reportedly signing an offer sheet with the Portland Trail Blazers for the max, it appears that the Pacers are genuinely considering the possibility that they're starting center departs this summer. The general expectation in the industry has been that Hibbert would stay with Indiana, but the Blazers appear to be making an aggressive push.
Asik isn't quite the level of player that Hibbert is, but he would provide the Pacers with a solid post presence that wouldn't be nearly as expensive. He's a raw offensive player that can't create his own shot, but he's a good defender and rebounder in the post, a rare commodity these days.
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