|July 2 7:40 AM PT8:40 AM MT9:40 AM CT10:40 AM ET14:40 GMT22:40 7:40 AM MST9:40 AM EST18:40 UAE16:4010:40 ET9:40 AM CT13:40 - A person familiar with the negotiations says the New Orleans Pelicans and center Omer Asik have agreed on a five-year contract worth a minimum of $44 million and rising up to $58 million if incentives and benchmarks are met.
Analysis: The 7-foot Asik, who turns 29 on Saturday, started 76 games and averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds this season, his first with New Orleans following a trade from Houston.
|Mar. 22 6:52 PM PT7:52 PM MT8:52 PM CT9:52 PM ET1:52 GMT9:52 6:52 PM MST8:52 PM EST5:52 UAE (+1)02:5221:52 ET7:52 PM CT0:52 - Asik missed his second straight game Sunday because of a strained right calf.
Analysis: Asik averages 7.4 points and 10.0 boards.
|Nov. 19 6:39 PM PT7:39 PM MT8:39 PM CT9:39 PM ET2:39 GMT10:39 7:39 PM MST9:39 PM EST6:39 UAE (+1)03:3921:39 ET8:39 PM CT0:39 - Asik returned Tuesday after being out with lower back pain.
Analysis: Asik had not played since a Nov. 14 whooping by 48 points of hapless Minnesota. French big man Alexis Ajinca, who has no fantasy value, was starting in his place.
|Oct. 28 6:59 PM PT7:59 PM MT8:59 PM CT9:59 PM ET1:59 GMT9:59 6:59 PM MST8:59 PM EST5:59 UAE (+1)02:5921:59 ET7:59 PM CT23:59 - Asik had 14 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks in Tuesday night's opener against Orlando.
Analysis: While the offense may not always be there, Asik should continue to be a defensive force all season.
|July 15 2:25 PM PT3:25 PM MT4:25 PM CT5:25 PM ET21:25 GMT5:25 2:25 PM MST4:25 PM EST1:25 UAE (+1)23:2517:25 ET4:25 PM CT20:25 - Trevor Ariza will join the Rockets as part of a three-team trade also involving the Pelicans and Wizards. Houston will send center Omer Asik, forward Omri Casspi and cash considerations to New Orleans.
Analysis: Washington will receive center Melvin Ely and a trade exception as part of Tuesday's trade, in which the Wizards will sign Ariza before sending him to Houston. The Rockets also get forward Alonzo Gee, guard Scotty Hopson and a 2015 first-round draft pick from New Orleans. Asik averaged 5.8 points for Houston, a year after averaging a career-best 10.1 points.