The Bulls have a busy offseason ahead, with decisions to be made on the future of several key role players. Omer Asik tops that list, and it appears the Bulls will have some competition for his services.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports the Celtics are one of the teams said to be considering a strong offer for the 7-footer, who has averaged 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in his two seasons in Chicago. Boston is in the market for a starting center, hoping the move would entice Kevin Garnett to re-sign and slide back to his natural position at power forward.
The Bulls and Asik can begin discussing a new contract July 1, the same day the league's 29 other teams can tender an offer. If Asik accepts an offer from another team, the Bulls will have the opportunity to match it. Bulls GM Gar Forman says retaining the reserve center is a top priority.
"Omer is very, very important to us," Forman told Bulls.com. "We see him as a key piece of our team moving forward. We think he's shown the potential to continue to improve. We're looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with him on July 1. But it's certainly our intention to have Omer Asik in a Chicago Bulls uniform long term."
BOSTON – Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.
Hayward, who suffered a left ankle injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday night, was considering having the surgery in Boston or back in Indiana by a doctor who had operated on him when he played at Butler.
It’s too soon to determine a timetable for Hayward’s return, although the Celtics anticipate he will most if not all of the remainder of this season.
Hayward’s injury delivers a major blow to a Celtics team that were considered a top-two team in the East by most.
With Hayward out for an extended period of time, teams like Washington and Toronto are likely to get more serious consideration as another strong threat to Cleveland which has advanced to the NBA Finals each of the last three seasons.
Replacing Hayward in the Celtics starting lineup was Marcus Smart who joined Kyrie Irving, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Al Horford.
BOSTON – After going through a series of tests earlier today, the results confirmed what the Celtics’ medical officials had determined earlier which is Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia.
Gordon Hayward will have surgery on his left ankle tonight, according to a league source.
“We’re expecting this to be a full recovery,” said Celtics head coach Brad Stevens who added, “No timeline on it but a full recovery.”
Hayward suffered the injury in the first quarter of Boston’s 102-99 loss at Cleveland on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-8 All-Star landed awkwardly on his ankle after a lob pass by Kyrie Irving was deflected by LeBron James.
Players from both teams were visibly affected by the gruesome injury that puts Hayward’s return this season very much up in the air.
“He’s down, obviously,” Stevens said of Hayward. “There’s a physical pain to it, but that’s also doubled by the emotional pain. He put a lot of effort into trying to start this, his career out well in Boston.”
Stevens said Marcus Smart will be inserted into the starting lineup, joining Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum and Al Horford.