HANG TIME, TEXAS – If the Rockets don’t get the players they are aggressively chasing in free agency, it seems that will at the very least make the teams they’re dealing with swallow an expensive poison pill.
The three-year, $25.1-million offer sheet they have agreed to with center Omer Asik will reportedly pay him $15 million in the final season. In that same season, the Bulls are scheduled to pay guard Derrick Rose $17.8 million and forward Carlos Boozer $16.8 million. Word is Boozer would be amnestied before that season.
The Rockets will likely take the same approach in their dealings with Hornets restricted free agent Eric Gordon, who met with general manager Daryl Morey and coach Kevin McHale on Saturday in Houston.
Even though the Hornets have repeatedly said they will match any offer for Gordon, the Rockets, who have great flexibility under the salary cap and could reduce their payroll further, will likely try to make an offer to Gordon that is similarly backloaded in an attempt to force the Hornets into a sign-and-trade deal. The Rockets are willing to deal just about anyone on their roster and just picked up three new prospects — Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones — who could be included in a package.