The Celtics are one the teams said to be considering a strong offer to Bulls center Asik. The thinking is it might help them retain Kevin Garnett, who though playing very well at center the second half of the season doesn’t want to return as a center. ..
Smith doesn’t have the greatest reputation for reporting scoops, but tis the season for rumors.
The 25-year-old Asik is a restricted free-agent. Here’s a snippet of his season recap, courtesy ESPN Chicago:
After such a promising rookie year in the NBA last season, Asik took a step backwards in his progression. He is still a very solid defender, but his offensive game stalled. He struggled to catch the ball in the post and make much of an impact. The Bulls relied on his defensive presence, but they could not go to him as much as Tom Thibodeau would have liked because of his struggles on the offensive end.
As with every free-agent, it all comes down to the money. Asik made $1.8 million last season. How much is he worth? $3 million per year?