Take this rumor with a grain of salt, since Sam Smith can be the type of reporter who creates rumors of UFOs flying over the United Center and Martians walking across the Staples Center court: The Boston Celtics are “considering a strong offer” to Omer Asik, the 7-foot-0, 255-pound Chicago Bulls center.
The Celtics are one the teams said to be considering a strong offer to Bulls center Asik. The thinking is it might help them retain Kevin Garnett, who though playing very well at center the second half of the season doesn’t want to return as a center.
The second sentence might give you a clue as to how fabricated Smith’s reports sometimes seem to be. It’s as if Kevin Garnett’s retirement decision hinges on whether the Celtics acquire a backup center who averaged 3.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in just 14.7 minutes per game last season. That barely makes more sense than the boy who once told me, “The Celtics’ blue uniforms look really sweet tonight.”
I really like Asik. He’s a legitimate, physical, defensive-minded center with a rebound rate significantly better than Garnett’s. But he’s a restricted free agent, and the Bulls probably won’t part with him unless another team overpays for his services. Like with most free agents, it all depends on the deal.
P.S. — Just throwing this out there, but: Ray Allen for Asik in a sign-and-trade?