According to a report from Shams Charania, the Bulls have appealed to have center Omer Asik’s contract removed from the team’s books via the career ending injury or illness provision.
He has been away from the court for some time now, as he has been receiving ongoing medical treatment for inflammatory arthritis. Asik was waived by the Bulls in late October.
Asik’s last game was April 11 during the 2017-18 regular season. He played for the Bulls during his first two seasons in the NBA and eventually made his way back to the Bulls as a part of the Nikola Mirotic trade.
If the league approves the Bulls’ request, it would provide Chicago with an additional $3 million is salary cap space. That $3 million would go a decent ways towards helping the Bulls add depth and veteran help to their roster, something John Paxson outlined as a major point of emphasis in his end of season address.
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It was announced on Saturday morning, that Omer Asik will be out indefinitely.
Asik had an arthritis flare up over the summer, and that is the key to his current diagnosis. The Bulls acquired Asik last season in the Nikola Mirotic trade with the New Orleans Pelicans.
He has two years and north of $22 million left on his contract (including this current season).
The Bulls never expected Asik to play heavy minutes, and this injury puts his 2018-19 season in jeopardy,
This is Asik's second stint with the Bulls, as he played with Chicago in the first two seasons of his career.
First there was a trade for Nikola Mirotic. Then there wasn't And now there is again?
According to a report from ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls and Pelicans have agreed to a trade that would send Mirotic to New Orleans.
Much like the trade that was reported Tuesday, the Bulls look set to receive former Bulls big man Omer Asik and a future first-round draft pick. What's new is the Pelicans' supposed willingness to pick up Mirotic's $12.5 million option for the 2018-19 season.
The Tribune's KC Johnson added some more details, including that the Bulls will be sending a second-round draft pick to New Orleans in the deal.
But things aren't done, apparently.
Including Chicago native Tony Allen.
And Jameer Nelson.
Who might not be Bulls for long.
It's been a weird season for Mirotic, who was sidelined with facial fractures right before the season started when teammate Bobby Portis punched him in the face. Mirotic made his season debut in December and caught fire, helping the Bulls win seven straight games and 10 of 12 immediately following his return. In 25 games, Mirotic has averaged 16.8 points and 6.4 rebounds, both career highs.
Asik, who spent his first two NBA seasons with the Bulls, makes a lot of money but can be bought out of his contract ahead of the 2019-20 season. He's played in just 14 games with the Pelicans this season, averaging 1.3 points and 2.6 rebounds.