The Bulls have a busy offseason ahead, with decisions to be made on the future of several key role players. Omer Asik tops that list, and it appears the Bulls will have some competition for his services.
Sam Smith of Bulls.com reports the Celtics are one of the teams said to be considering a strong offer for the 7-footer, who has averaged 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds in his two seasons in Chicago. Boston is in the market for a starting center, hoping the move would entice Kevin Garnett to re-sign and slide back to his natural position at power forward.
The Bulls and Asik can begin discussing a new contract July 1, the same day the league's 29 other teams can tender an offer. If Asik accepts an offer from another team, the Bulls will have the opportunity to match it. Bulls GM Gar Forman says retaining the reserve center is a top priority.
"Omer is very, very important to us," Forman told Bulls.com. "We see him as a key piece of our team moving forward. We think he's shown the potential to continue to improve. We're looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with him on July 1. But it's certainly our intention to have Omer Asik in a Chicago Bulls uniform long term."
BOSTON – Regardless of what the Celtics do in the offseason, there will always be position battles in training camp.
But when the players arrive in a few weeks, a handful will have more at stake than just a roster spot.
Boston currently has 18 players with full or partially guaranteed contracts, a number that has to be pared down to 15 or less by the time the regular season begins.
The math is pretty cut and dry. Barring a trade, at least three players have to be let go.
But who will they be?
That’s for Brad Stevens and the rest of the Celtics brass to figure out.
In the meantime, here’s a look at five Celtics who, barring a trade, are likely to be among the pool of players Boston will be picking from for what should be the last couple of roster spots.
New England fans will get their first glimpse at the 2016-2017 Boston Celtics when they kick off their preseason schedule on October 4 against the Philadelphia 76ers at UMass-Amherst’s Mullins Center.
That game will feature two of the top three picks in last month’s draft as Ben Simmons, the top overall pick, will face Jaylen Brown, who was drafted by the Celtics with the third overall pick.
Boston’s 7-game schedule features no back-to-back games, but they do face the Charlotte Hornets in their second and third preseason games on Oct. 6 (in Greensboro, N.C.) and Oct. 8 at Mohegan Sun Arena.
Here’s a look at Boston’s full preseason schedule:
DATE OPPONENT LOCATION TIME
Oct. 4 Philadelphia 76ers UMass-Amherst Mullins Center (Amherst, MA) 7:00 p.m. ET
Oct. 6 Charlotte Hornets Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, NC) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 8 Charlotte Hornets Mohegan Sun Arena (Uncasville, CT) 3:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 13 Brooklyn Nets Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 15 New York Knicks Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 17 Brooklyn Nets TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET
Oct. 19 New York Knicks TD Garden (Boston, MA) 7:30 p.m. ET