CSN Chicago: Celtics may target Asik

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CSN Chicago: Celtics may target Asik

Steve Wojcik
CSNChicago.com

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."

C's Mickey sent to D-League

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C's Mickey sent to D-League

Jordan Mickey, inactive in five of the Boston Celtics’ last six games, has been assigned to the Maine Red Claws of the Development League.

“He’s been inactive in a few of these games here,” Stevens told reporters prior to tonight’s game at Philadelphia. “And rather than being inactive and being here in a suit and tie, we knew there was a hockey game this afternoon and it was going to be unlikely to get much action on the court at all today. So it made a lot more sense to play for a couple days and fly down to Houston and meet us.”

Mickey has appeared in just eight games this season, averaging 2.2 points and 1.8 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.

Tonight will be the former second-round pick’s 10th missed game this season, five in which he did not play (coaches decision) and another five in which he will be inactive.

The lack of playing time for the second-year player has more to do with Boston’s depth in the frontcourt than anything specific to his game.

“He’s done a good job,” Stevens said of Mickey. “It’s the same old thing that last year although we’re not quite as deep at that spot. But it’s still, at the end of the day we have to make a decision of, are we going to play more traditional or are we going to slide like a Jonas (Jerebko) or Jae (Crowder) over to the four (power forward) and play more spaced which limits the amount of bigs you can have in a game.

Stevens added, “he’s done a good job.  He’s made progress. I don’t think there’s any question we think he’s a guy that can help us not only down the road but this year.”

Mickey is in the lineup for the Red Claws’ game tonight against Santa Cruz and he’s also scheduled to play in Sunday’s game against the Raptors 905 with both games being televised via Facebook Live.

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