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Houston will talk with Asik, Bulls prepared to match


Houston will talk with Asik, Bulls prepared to match

The Chicago Bulls will be active players when free agency begins Sunday at 12:01 a.m., but first they may have to focus their time on retaining one of their own players.
The Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen reports that the Houston Rockets have restricted free agent Omer Asik at the top of their free agency list, and will meet with the 25-year-old center as early as tonight.
Gar Forman has said, however, that the Bulls No. 1 priority this off-season is retaining the Asik. And the Chicago Tribune's K.C. Johnsontweeted earliertoday that, unless a team gets "really nutty on a backloaded deal, Bulls will re-sign" Asik.And as Asik is a restricted free agent, the Bulls will be able to match any contract another team would push his way. Matching that offer may mean waiving the contracts of Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver and C.J. Watson. All three veterans have team options for next season.
The Rockets attempted to put together a package that would entice the Orlando Magic to part ways with center Dwight Howard, but were unable to land the 7-footer on draft night.
Instead, Houston used a league-high three first round draft picks to select shooting guard Jeremy Lamb (No. 12), and power forwards Royce White (No. 16) and Terrence Jones (No. 18).
The Rockets acquired that No. 12 pick from the Bucks as part of a deal that sent center Samuel Dalembert to Milwaukee. Marcus Camby is an unrestricted free agent--though the Rockets say they intend to pursue him as well--meaning the Rockets have zero centers on their current roster.

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites Football Roundup Week 9

High School Lites is back with an exciting Week 9 full of thrilling matchups. NBC Sports Chicago has the highlights of some of the top matchups from Friday's games.

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @NBCSPREPS for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights.

DRIVE: Batavia (episode 9)

TEAM OF THE WEEK: Oak Forest football

VIEWERS' CHOICE GAMES OF THE WEEK: Fremd runs past Schaumburg

WINTRUST ATHLETE OF THE WEEK: Notre Dame running back Ty Gavin


(1) Lincoln-Way East 31, (16) Bolingbrook 0

(2) Batavia 24, Wheaton North 13

(3) Brother Rice 31, (17) Montini 0

(4) Marist 24, Benet 7

(6) Homewood-Flossmoor 56, Sandburg 0

(7) Cary-Grove 55, (15) Naperville Central 41

(9) Nazareth Academy 42, Marian Catholic 6

(10) Maine South 48, Niles West 6

(11) Oswego 22, Plainfield South 15

(12) Richards 41, Eisenhower 6

(13) Phillips 41, Raby 0

(14) Willowbrook 42, Downers South 20

(18) Oak Park-River Forest 48, Lyons 0

(19) Warren 43, Mundelein 7

(20) Glenbard West 35, Proviso West 6

(21) Hillcrest 43, Bremen 6

Joliet Catholic 33, (22) Notre Dame 17

(23) Hinsdale Central 21, Hinsdale South 12

(24) Rolling Meadows 34, Buffalo Grove 7

Wheaton Warrenville South 13, (25) St. Charles North 11


Payton 43, Kenwood 42

Coal City 43, Lisle 14

Huntley 55, Dundee-Crown 12

Perspectives 32, Solorio 16


Fenwick vs. (5) Mount Carmel 

(8) Simeon vs. Curie

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?


SportsTalk Live Podcast: Can the Bears pull off an upset at home against Tom Brady and the Patriots?

Chris Emma, Matt Zahn and Gabe Ramirez join David Kaplan on the panel.

0:00- NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh joins the panel to discuss the Bulls’ terrible defensive performance as well as Zach LaVine’s impressive season debut.

11:35- Khalil Mack is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots. Can the Bears pull off the upset against Tom Brady?

23:50- NBC Sports Boston Patriots insider Tom E. Curran joins Kap to talk about how New England views the Bears and discuss how Matt Nagy’s team can exploit the Patriots’ weaknesses.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below.