Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that the Rockets have signed C Omer Asik to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet as previously agreed to during the moratorium period.
Berger reports that the deal is another "poison pill" contract structured the same way as the Rockets' offer sheet to Jeremy Lin, in which the third year of the contract will pay Asik $14.9 million, in an effort to convince the Bulls not to match. Berger reports that the offer sheet has been signed by Asik but not delivered to the Bulls as of yet. Once the Bulls receive the offer sheet, they'll have 48 hours to match.
It's as yet unclear whether they intend to match the offer or not.
It's still kind of bizarre that the Rockets have given all this money to Asik when every indication is that they will pursue Dwight Howard in a trade. Do you really want to throw that kind of offer sheet with Howard's max contract the long-term goal? But then, if they don't get Howard, the Rockets will at least have a top-level defensive center, even if his offense provides next to nothing.
We'll keep you apprised of the Bulls' intent to match or not.