According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bulls are clear "frontrunners" to nab the Timberwolves' amnesty target, Darko Milicic.
- From Rant Sports: "The only way that the Bulls do this is if they decline to match the contract offer out there to Omer Asik. It sounded like the Bulls were going to match but information over the last couple of days shows the Bulls are starting to reconsider matching that deal. That would probably be a smart move. If they do not match Asik, they avoid the luxury tax and they can get Darko for pretty cheap. Darko may not be as good on defense as Asik but his offensive skills are better. If they Bulls could get him on a one or two year deal, their mythical 2014 plan would still be intact. We all know how important that is to the team."
- From ESPNChicago: "The Chicago Bulls have had initial discussions with Darko Milicic's camp, according to his agent, Marc Cornstein. Yahoo! Sports first reported Wednesday that the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets and Bulls were the front-runners for Milicic's services, according to a source. Cornstein confirmed the Bulls' interest to ESPNChicago, indicating that he was trying to explore different landing spots for his client. Milicic was amnestied by the Minnesota Timberwolves last week. The timing of the Bulls' interest is curious given they are going to have to decide on Omer Asik's future in the coming days. Asik agreed to a three-year offer sheet with the Houston Rockets earlier this month and is expected to sign it by the end of the week."
So, pick your player, Asik or Darko?
Both are accompanied with positives and negatives. Darko is cheaper, stronger, more experienced and should be looking to avenge his so far Kwame Brown-esque career. On the low side, Darko isn't a great athlete and a hack-a-shack. The idea of an "adjustment in the rotation" negative for him is a total non-factor due to the rather new look of the team. As for Omer, we know what he can do. He's young, can rebound, can defend, knows his role, fits well, a good athlete for his position ... he's also going to be overpaid (supposed to earn $14 million plus in year three of his new deal). The fact that he will be overpaid makes his non-ability to score stand out immensely to me. Which isn't really a good thing now is it?
As noted above, we won't really know the outcome or deeper possibilities of the situation until Chicago Brass decides what to do with the the bloated offer sheet Asik garnered from the Houston Rockets.
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