Posted June 18, 2012

Report: Boston Celtics to make “strong offer” for Chicago Bulls’ Omer Asik

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Omer Asik, a restricted free agent with the Chicago Bulls, will reportedly receive a “strong offer” from the Boston Celtics during the off-season. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

The Boston Celtics are reportedly putting together a “strong offer” for the Bulls seven-foot center Omer Asik, who could sign with the team as early as July once NBA free agency begins, according to Sam Amick of Bulls.com:

The Celtics are one the teams said to be considering a strong offer to Bulls center Asik. The thinking is it might help them retain Kevin Garnett, who though playing very well at center the second half of the season doesn’t want to return as a center.

Since Asik is a restricted free agent, the Bulls will have the opportunity to match any offer that Asik receives, whether it’s from the Celtics, Warriors, Cavaliers or Rockets, who are also reportedly interested in the Turkish big man:

The Rockets, meanwhile, have eyed restricted free agent Omer Asik at times. And while I’ve generally maintained keeping the bigs is a Bulls’ edge, perhaps they should look at a move with the Rockets. Though maybe the guy should be Noah.

Asik made $1.8 million in the final year of his contract with the Bulls last season and the team already has Joakim Noah at center and Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson who also play in the front court.