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May 5, 2015 Updates

But barring a trade, the Pelicans are locked into this roster for another year. They won’t have much cap room even if Omer Asik and Norris Cole leave, and all indications are the Pelicans would like to re-sign everyone. That would allow them to stay over the cap and use the full midlevel exception to sign another veteran cog. Grantland

April 28, 2015 Updates

Still, coach Monty Williams considers Asik highly valued, a player they intend to make a strong push to re-sign this summer despite his inconsistent play throughout the series against the Warriors. ''As far as Omer, he's a huge part of what we do,'' Williams said during his end-of-the season news conference Tuesday. ''If you look at our defensive numbers from last year to this year, we improved in a number of categories and Omer was a huge part of that.'' Asik will become an unrestricted free agent this summer, along with top backup center Alexis Ajinca and seldom-used reserve center Jeff Withey. But Asik, 7-foot, 255 pounds, was one of the highest-paid players on the Pelicans' roster, earning $14.8 million but only $8.3 million counted against of the Pelicans' salary cap because of the trade deal involving the Houston Rockets last summer. New Orleans Times-Picayune

''He was one of the guys that helped us get stops,'' Williams said. ''He was really good at guarding and blocking shots and it makes our defense that much better. Early on, it didn't look like it and I'll be the first to admit that. But it takes time to figure out schemes. The other thing is that we had the toughest schedule in the league up until January I think and I think we were in the top five. But Omer certainly added great value to our team, not just as a defender but his IQ as he got more comfortable with me, we began to talk more I think that's when you started seeing our defense get a lot better. So he's highly valued by this organization and that he's an asset to this city.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says he hopes New Orleans can keep 7-foot center Omer Asik. Williams says Asik, who'll be a free agent after averaging 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds, played a central role on defense as he became more comfortable in New Orleans' system and is "highly valued" by the club. USA Today Sports

April 26, 2015 Updates

He still fits next to Davis as a bulkier rim protector who, in other matchups, would certainly add value to the lineup. As Haberstroh also noted in his piece, it can be argued that it's up to Williams to build a better team defensive scheme around Asik and Davis when he's blessed to have the tandem of elite defensive big men. The initial signals thus point to Asik coming back. ESPN.com

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The Shawn Bradley Award – This award goes to the player 6’10? or taller who has had the highest percentage of his own shot attempts blocked (minimum 500 minutes played). It’s all about Omer Asik. Last season, he became the first repeat winner of this award and I pegged him as the favorite in my preseason prediction post. Nylon Calculus

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Bill Herenda: MT @PelicansPR: Per GM Dell Demps, Omer Asik (back) will not play in tonight's contest at Portland. “New Orleans @Kings 2morrow” #SacKings Twitter @billherenda

November 15, 2014 Updates

Lot of surprises there, including Lopez' teammate Mason Plumlee ahead of Tim Duncan. Then again, Hollins is mostly using Plumlee only against bench players so he's boosting numbers that way. Same might be true of Gobert. Omer Asik, Roy Hibbert, Gasol, those are all established. Maybe most impressive is Robin Lopez and Chris Kaman's numbers together. That's a big deal for Portand, who was atrocious last year at defense. They finished 16th in defensive efficiency, but had outlier performances against the West that were much worse. They've ticked up to 10th this season. CBSSports.com

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Rivers would earn $3.1 million in 2015-16, about the equivalent of the taxpayer midlevel exception, if the Pellies pick up that option. That doesn’t sound like much, but it could limit New Orleans’s ability to pivot into being a major cap room team if Omer Asik bolts in free agency. The Pelicans won’t have much cap flexibility as long as they keep Asik’s $12 million cap hold on the books, and they may need to do that in order to keep his Bird Rights — and the right to go over the cap in re-signing him — in a frothy big-man market. They could in theory re-sign him with cap room, but Rivers’s $3.1 million might torpedo that plan. And if Asik jumps ship, Rivers’s option could be the difference between major cap room and sub–$10 million room. The Pelicans could also stay over the cap, which would put the midlevel exception in play, but they don’t need Rivers’s contract to do that. Grantland

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