Shams Charania: Bulls signing Shaquille Harrison to sta…

Shams Charania: Bulls signing Shaquille Harrison to standard NBA deal, waiving eight-year NBA center Omer Asik. Asik is dealing with inflammatory arthritis issue and is under salary for for $11.3M this season, then partial guarantee on $11.9M for next season.

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Two contracts worth considering according to one league executive, are the one signed by Omer Asik last summer and the one signed by Al Jefferson in 2013. Asik’s deal is considered a mistake leaguewide, but it went for five years and $58 million, almost $12 million per year. Jefferson signed a three-year deal worth $40.5 million, or about $13.5 million per year.
The five-year deal for Asik, sources said, is guaranteed for four years and nearly $45 million, with a nonguaranteed fifth year included that -- if Asik were to hit all of his incentives over the course of the deal -- would take the total value of the pact into the $60 million range.
Free-agent center Omer Asik is finalizing an agreement for a five-year, $60 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Asik's agent, B.J. Armstrong of Wasserman Media Group, was finalizing the deal points of an agreement with New Orleans management on Wednesday night.
Sam Amick: Meanwhile in New Orleans, the Omer Asik deal that @ESPNSteinNBA reported as looming, I'm told, will be for five years. No clarity on $$.
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Bulls among the teams calling about Kevin Durant

When the two-time NBA Finals MVP made it known he wanted to be traded out of Brooklyn, expected business quickly fell by the wayside as teams tried to reposition themselves to at least make an offer. According to a source, the Bulls were a part of those phone calls, despite Durant reportedly having the Heat and Suns among his desired destinations — and despite the reality that the Bulls don’t have the type of high-profile player or quality of draft picks the Nets were looking for in a trade package.
Phoenix has the kinds of players who might make this a win-win for all involved — namely, Suns small forward Mikal Bridges and restricted free agent center DeAndre Ayton. In the days before Irving’s choice to opt-in, sources close to Ayton had raised this possibility of an Ayton-Bridges deal being very much on their radar. At that time, however, it was unclear whether Durant was going to ask out.
Beck: I asked a well-connected NBA source which teams, other than the increasingly desperate Lakers, would be willing to acquire Irving. His answer: “None.” I think I agree. The league has seen Irving wreak a lot of havoc over the last five years, from Cleveland to Boston to Brooklyn. It’s left an impression. But the Lakers badly need another scorer/playmaker next to LeBron and AD, and Irving is an infinitely better fit than Russell Westbrook.