By Neil Hayes firstname.lastname@example.org
Bulls General manager Gar Forman said he has yet to see the offer the Houston Rockets extended to backup center Omer Asik and said he will not elaborate until he does.
"I don't want to speculate until we actually see something," Forman said Monday at a press conference at the Berto Center to introduce first-round pick Marquis Teague. "Second of all, we've made it clear we value Omer and it's been our goal that Omer would stay with the Chicago Bulls. But I'm not going to talk about any type of negotiation or anything contractually."
It has been widely reported that the Rockets are offering to play Asik approximately $25 million over three years with Asik getting paid $5 million the first year and $5.2 the second. The third year would approach $15 million and would therefore likely put the Bulls well over the salary cap and force them to pay the more punitive luxury tax included in last year's collective bargaining agreement.
"Things like that are going to happen," Thibodeau said when asked about the lucrative offer. "When teams win the value of players goes up and he's done a great job for us."
Asik appeared in every game for the Bulls last season and averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds while backing up Joakim Noah. He is most effective defending the rim, blocking shots and rebounding. He's also effective screen setter who the Bulls would like to keep to ensure they continue to have more frontcourt depth than their Eastern Conference opponents.
"I don't think you can measure him statistically even though some of his statistics are very good," Thibodeau said. "He's also very smart. He helps you team execute at both ends so he has great value in the league."