When Omer Asik is getting 25 million, you know the NBA is desperate for big men.
Nothing against Asik, a serviceable center who left the Bulls in free agency to sign a four-year contract with the Rockets. Then again, were talking about a guy who sports career averages of 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.
But Asik is a true 7-footer, a hustling post player with an upside. And in todays market, that really seems to count for a lot.
Nor is Asik the lone big man to have hit the jackpot this summer. Roy Hibbert (Pacers), Chris Kaman (Mavericks), JaVale McGee (Nuggets), and Brook Lopez and Kris Humphries (Nets) all received large and lengthy contracts. Even old standbys such as Kevin Garnett (Celtics) and Tim Duncan (Spurs) pocketed some serious cash despite the fact each is viewed as a little past his prime. Or at least, no longer a legitimate reason to watch pro basketball in prime time.
Of the list above, both Hibbert and Lopez received the maximum contract allowed under NBA rules...