Asik's $3 million salary has been removed from the Bulls' salary books due to a career-ending injury/illness, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Asik's career essentially came to a close in October once he was waived in the wake of battles with arthritis and Crohn's Disease. With his salary wiped from the books, the Bulls now have about $23 million in salary space for free agency.
The Bulls officially requested that the league remove Asik's contract from the team's salary sheet, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Asik was waived back in October once it became clear that his basketball career was in jeopardy due to ongoing battles with arthritis and Crohn's Disease. The Bulls are now hoping to use a career-ending injury/illness exception to wipe Asik's contract off the books for next season, which would free up $3 million in additional cap space this summer.
Asik (illness) will be waived by the Bulls to make room for Shaquille Harrison, Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic reports.
Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis, and the Bulls are opting to sign a healthy player to take his roster spot. It seems unlikely he'll sign with another team in the immediate future.
Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis, and will be sidelined indefinitely.
Asik is coming off his roughest season as a pro, as he played in just 18 games and produced career lows across the board. He is set to make about $23 million through the 2019/20 season, which makes him very difficult to trade. Thus, the Bulls will have to wait for him to work his way back to basketball activities, which there is no clear timetable for.
Asik averaged just 1.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists across 18 games played with the Pelicans and Bulls during the 2017-18 season.
Asik had his worst season by far as he only appeared in 18 total games between the two different NBA teams. The Turkey native produced career lows in points, rebounds, assists, blocks and just about every other statistical category. Somehow, Asik is the second-highest paid Chicago Bull where he is signed through the 2019/20 season where he is set to make about $23 million total combined.
Asik managed two points and two rebounds in 15 minutes during Friday's 111-14 loss to Boston.
Yes, Asik actually plays for the Chicago Bulls. In his first appearance since being traded from the Pelicans, Asik was predictably terrible. He shouldn't even be looked at in any format.
Asik will not be available Saturday against the Clippers, KC Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
The big man is yet to undergo a physical since being traded from New Orleans earlier in the week and thus won't be available Saturday afternoon. Asik could make his debut Monday in Sacramento, though it's no guarantee that he'll have a spot in the regular rotation.
Asik, along with Tony Allen and a first-round pick, was traded to the Bulls on Thursday in exchange for Nikola Mirotic, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.
While a similar trade was reported to have happened on Tuesday, some complications with Mirotic's contract led to it falling apart. However, those have now been resolved, and Asik is officially on his way to Chicago with teammate Tony Allen. With the Bulls looking to continue building their young core, Asik's role with the team will likely be a deep bench role.
Asik had one point (1-4 FT), four rebounds, one steal, and one block in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 114-103 loss to the Kings.
Asik picked up five fouls and was eaten alive by Kosta Koufos and Georgios Papagiannis, so this wasn't a positive performance for the almost-traded center. Nevertheless, if he does indeed remain with the Pelicans beyond the deadline, coach Alvin Gentry appears to trust Asik much more than he does sophomore big man Cheick Diallo, who saw just six minutes on Tuesday.
Updating a previous note, the trade that sent Asik and a first-round pick to the Bulls has fallen apart, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Not even 30 minutes after it was reported that Asik was being shipped to Chicago, the trade fell apart due in large part to team's wanting the Bulls to guarantee his $12.5 million team option for the 2018-19 season. Asik will now remain the Pelicans, where he is expected to continue being a deep bench option in the frontcourt, even with DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles) out for the rest of the season.
Asik and a first-round pick were traded to the Bulls on Tuesday in exchange for Nikola Mirotic, Vincent Goodwill of NBC Sports Chicago reports.
Since signing his five-year, $57.7 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2015, Asik has battled numerous injuries and hasn't seen much of the court when healthy. Given that the Bulls are working on developing their young core of players, it's unlikely that Asik sees many, if any, minutes with Chicago for the rest of the season.
Asik had two points (1-2 FG), four rebounds, and one assist in eight minutes during Wednesday's 123-114 win over the Nuggets.
Asik has appeared in three straight contests and four of the last seven. This was his lowest share of playing time in any of these appearances, but that likely had to do with the fact that the Nuggets were playing smaller lineups for most of the game. Asik, who is battling Crohn's disease, may continue to see an uptick in minutes while Anthony Davis (groin) is out. However, it's also possible Asik has leapfrogged sophomore big man Cheick Diallo, who has been a healthy scratch for four straight games now.
Asik (illness) is available for Wednesday's game against the Spurs but "probably won't play", Will Guillory of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Asik has been battling Crohn's disease, which has rendered him unable to play so far this season. While it's still unlikely he'll see the floor Wednesday, this represents a significant step in his progress.
Asik (illness) has been upgrade to questionable for Wednesday's game against the Spurs, Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune reports.
Coach Alvin Gentry mentioned on Tuesday that he hoped to have Asik take the court at some point this year and while that made it seem like Asik was still going to be out for some time, he's now surprisingly being considered for a return just a day later. The big man has been working through Crohn's disease and even if he were to be cleared, he likely wouldn't see anything more than a handful of minutes. Fantasy owners will likely want to steer clear until a defined role is set.
Coach Alvin Gentry said he intends to get Asik (illness) on the court at some point this year, Will Guillory of the Times-Picayune reports.
Asik has yet to see the floor this year, as he was diagnosed with Crohn's disease prior to the season. It definitely doesn't sound like Asik is nearing a return, but coach Gentry does still plan to have him available at some point this year. For now, Asik can still be considered out indefinitely and even when he does return, he likely won't become a fantasy contributor behind the likes of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.
Asik (illness) remains out indefinitely and will not play Wednesday against the Wolves, Wolves' radio voice Alan Horton reports.
Asik was diagnosed with Crohn's disease a few weeks before the start of the season and has been away from the team receiving treatment. The Pelicans haven't provided much in the way of an update, but there's no evidence to suggest that Asik will be back on the court anytime soon.
Asik (illness) will not play Sunday against the Lakers.
Circumstances around Asik's illness are still somewhat unclear, and at this point it's difficult to predict when he might be activated. There's been no indication that Asik will be back on the floor, let alone in the rotation, anytime soon, rendering him an afterthought in most leagues.
Asik (illness) is out for Wednesday's game against the Grizzlies and remains without a timetable for a return.
Though he technically hasn't been ruled out past Wednesday, Asik remains without a timetable for a return while he's currently being treated for Crohn's disease. In his absence, Alexis Ajinca should be the primary backup to DeMarcus Cousins at center.
Asik is currently being treated for Crohn's disease and remains without a timetable for a return, Jim Eichenhofer of Pelicans.com reports.
Asik was limited to 31 games last season due to a bacterial infection and he's now been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. While GM Dell Demps said there's been some improvements with Asik's health, he also mentioned that "he's not ready to play basketball", so it appears Asik could still be out for quite some time. For now, it seems unlikely he'll be ready for the start of the season, though further word on his availability should be released as he progresses in his recovery.
Coach Alvin Gentry acknowledged Friday that Asik (illness) is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season, ESPN.com's Justin Verrier reports. "[Asik] will be gearing toward the summer and next year, really," Gentry said.
Asik has been held out since the All-Star break while recovering from a bacterial infection, which caused him to shed a significant amount of weight. It seems Asik is still having difficultly getting back in playing condition, and because the Pelicans haven't been relying on him as a rotation player since late December, there's little incentive to rush him back before the campaign draws to a close in mid-April. Asik, who still has three years remaining on the five-year, $57.7 million pact he inked with the Pelicans in July of 2015, averaged 2.7 points and 5.3 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game over 31 appearances in 2016-17.
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