Asik and the Rockets have agreed verbally to a deal that is worth $25.1 million over three years. The deal cannot be signed until July 11 and then the Bulls will have three days to decide if they will match it.
So one way or another, by the end of the week, we will know exactly which team he will be suiting up for next season.
Overall the offer contract isn't so bad, but it is the yearly breakdown that is a killer. The first two years of the deal aren't bad, but year three is a killer. Asik would receive around five million in each of the first two seasons but would get $14 million in year three.
The CBA states that a restricted free agent can't receive more then the mid-level execption in the first two years of a deal. There is nothing stopping a team from greatly increasing the salary in year three like the Rockets have done.
While it may seem like the Bulls have two options, match or don't match, it is actually a little more complicated than that.