Reports: Bulls likely to match Houston's offer to Asik


Reports: Bulls likely to match Houston's offer to Asik

According to reports, the Chicago Bulls are believed to agree to match the Houston Rockets' offer sheet on center Omer Asik, worth 24.1 million over three years.

I can predict, from talking to numerous sources, that every single offer sheet except Landry Fields' will be matched. Chris Sheridan (@sheridanhoops) July 11, 2012
Beginning at 12:01 this morning, teams were allowed to begin matching offer sheets on restricted free agents, and have three days to do so.

Asik averaged 3.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 15 minutes per game last season, acting as a defensive stalwart on the Bulls second unit.

Along with the impending signing of shooting guard Kirk Hinrich, a deal worth 6 million over two years, the Bulls will be over the luxury tax for the 2012-2013 season if they match Asik's offer from Houston. The NBA announced Tuesday that this season's luxury tax will be set at 70.037 million, the same as last season. The 10 Bulls already under contract next season will be paid approximately 72 million next year.

Small forward Kyle Korver's 5 million contract will be next up for discussion within the Bulls' brass, and the team is likely to address the shooting guard position in free agency, as well.

The "poison pill" Houston attempted to implement to keep the Bulls from matching their offer, a pay raise to 14 million in his third season, means the Bulls will owe Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer, Joakim Noah and Asik 60.9 million in 2014-15. Luol Deng will be an unrestricted free agent that year, which could mean Boozer could be an amnesty candidate next season, or potentially this off-season, to make room for Deng.

Boozer is owed 47.1 million over the next three seasons, and under the NBA's Amnesty clause a team may absolve one current contract and have it not count against their salary cap.

Sports Illustrated predicts Bears will finish last in NFC North in 2019

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Sports Illustrated predicts Bears will finish last in NFC North in 2019

If not for upset Colts fans following the retirement of Andrew Luck, the Twitter mentions of Sports Illustrated writer Andy Benoit would be a war zone of angry Bears fans who read his NFL predictions for the 2019 season.
In the latest print edition of the magazine, Benoit projects Chicago to finish 7-9 this year — last in the NFC North.
His NFL predictions don’t have a web version as of yet, but he sees the Minnesota Vikings winning the division and taking the No. 3 seed in the playoffs at 11-5. The Green Bay Packers finish second at 10-6 with a wildcard spot, and even the Detroit Lions end up ahead of the Bears at 9-7.
Benoit’s analysis is based on expecting a step back from Chicago’s defense that led the NFL in 2018. He also foresees “mixed results” from Mitchell Trubisky during his second season in Matt Nagy’s offense.
Benoit ranks the Bears quarterback, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends all outside of the top 20 position groups in the NFL, with the offensive line ranking 10th. He still likes the front seven as the best unit in the league, but he sees the secondary as average at No. 17.
He’s not the first analyst to forecast regression for the Bears this season, but not many have gone as far to put them at the bottom of the division after last year’s 12-4 breakout.
The pitchforks and torches may fly off the shelves faster than Sports Illustrated magazines in Chicago this week.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Future looking bright for White Sox rotation

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Future looking bright for White Sox rotation

Chuck Garfien and Vinnie Duber take a look at the young guns in the White Sox starting rotation (Giolito, Lopez and Cease) who are coming off their best week together as a trio and why they are excited about the future (1:00). Ivan Nova has a lower ERA than some of the best pitchers in baseball. Seriously. (5:20). The competition going on behind the scenes with the starting rotation (6:40). What will the rotation look like in 2020? (13:00) and more.

Listen here or in the embedded player below. 

White Sox Talk Podcast