• by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

    New Orleans Pelicans' Omer Asik Will miss three weeks with calf strain

    Asik will miss three weeks with a calf strain, ESPN's Marc Stein reports.With Alexis Ajinca set to miss four-to-six weeks due to a hamstring injury, the Pelicans could be without two of their top centers to start the season. Asik's newest injury is particularly alarming considering he also dealt with a back injury throughout much of the summer, further clouding his availability for the start of the regular season. If Asik and Ajinca are out for any considerable amount of time, Kendrick Perkins and Anthony Davis could see additional time at center until the injured duo returns.

  • by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer

    Pelicans reach five-year deal with C Omer Asik

    The Pelicans continued to spend money to maintain a dominant center position, reaching a five-year, $58 million deal with reserve Omer Asik, per the New Orleans Times-Picayune, one day after signing All-Star big man Anthony Davis to a $145 million extension. Asik, who averaged 9.8 rebounds off the bench last season, is a key component of the Pelicans' second unit and the team wanted him back in the fold. Asik will make $11.1 million over the course of the deal, with only the first four years guaranteed. Asik registered 7.3 points with New Orleans last season.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Report: Pelicans determined to bring back C Omer Asik

    The Pelicans will push hard to bring back free agent center Omer Asik, sources have told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Asik struggled in the playoffs and is no offensive force, but he averaged 9.8 rebounds in just 26 minutes per game.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans center Omer Asik not willing to discuss free agency

    With Pelicans center Omer Asik set to become a free agent in the offseason, Asik said it's too early to speculate on where he might end up, reports The Times-Picayune. "It's not the time to talk about it right now," Asik said. "But I think there is good stuff going on here. It's a young team and the future is good." Asik played in 76 games for the Pelicans this season and averaged 7.3 points, 9.8 rebounds and 0.7 blocks. "As far as Omer, he's a huge part of what we do," former Pelicans coach Monty Williams said during his season-ending news conference last week. "If you look at our defensive numbers from last year to this year, we improved in a number of categories and Omer was a huge part of that."

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans' Monty Williams says re-signing Omer Asik is an issue

    Pelicans coach Monty Williams indicated re-signing center Omer Asik is a big priority for the team in the offseason, reports the New Orleans Advocate. Asik, 28, will become an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. In 76 games this season, he averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans' Omer Asik receives stitches to neck during Monday's game

    Pelicans center Omer Asik required stitches to close a laceration on his neck, reports Fox Sports. Asik suffered the laceration near the end of the first half and went to the locker room for treatment. However, the laceration will not prevent him from playing in the second half.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans expect Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik to play Wednesday

    After missing Sunday's contest due to an ankle injury, Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans said he will play in Wednesday's game against the Rockets, reports NBA.com. "I'm going to give it a go," Evans said. "When I come back for [pregame], I'm going to do a little movement side to side to see how it feels. But right now I feel good." Meanwhile, center Omer Asik has missed the last two games with a calf injury, but he indicated he is feeling better and hopes to play Wednesday. "I feel much better and I will probably play," Asik said. The Pelicans are a pick 'em against the Rockets.

  • by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer

    Injuries costing Pelicans chance for post season

    The Pelicans have been riddled with injuries this season, including the recently hampered Tyreke Evans (ankle) and Omer Asik (calf strain), and currently sit three games, with 12 to play, behind the eighth-place Thunder, leading many to believe that New Orleans won't make the playoffs, according to NBA.comThe Pelicans haven't been close to full strength since Feb. 21 when both forwards Anthony Davis (ankle) and Ryan Anderson (knee) were sidelined by injuries. Although Davis has recently returned to the lineup, Anderson remains out with no timetable to return.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans C Omer Asik (calf) makes it through Tuesday's practice

    Pelicans center Omer Asik (calf) was able to participate in Tuesday's entire practice, reports The Times-Picayune. A strained right calf has caused Asik to miss the last two games. He is considered questionable for Wednesday's game against the Rockets, reports NBA.com.

  • by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com

    Pelicans' Anthony Davis will play Sunday; Omer Asik ruled out

    As expected, Pelicans forward Anthony Davis has been cleared to play in Sunday's game at the Los Angeles Clippers, the team announced. Davis has been dealing with a left ankle sprain, which caused him to miss the last two games. Meanwhile, a calf injury will keep center Omer Asik out of the game. The Pelicans are 9 1/2-point underdogs.