Daryl Morey. Some call him an evil genius, some a mastermind.
One thing's for sure, he's one of the brightest front office minds in the NBA today.
It looks likely that his Rockets will lose Marcus Camby, a veteran, defensive-minded center who is chasing dreams of winning his first championship.
So what does Morey do?
He goes out and puts an ingenious—if not insane money-wise—offer on Omer Asik, a defense-first center that can immediately come into Houston and contribute.
Morey's offer was intelligent because he found a loophole in the new CBA that means the Rockets can spread the nearly $24 million out evenly over three years. If the Bulls were to match the offer, they would have to pay Asik $14 million of the deal in the third year, exactly when the luxury tax penalties increase for the first time.
In essence, Morey stole Asik from Chicago, just as Grantland writer Robert Mays explains lucidly here, and it was a solid move because the Rockets had to try and replace Camby.
Here's a look at what Asik will bring to Houston, as long as Chicago does indeed not match Morey's offer.