Wojnarowski: Trail Blazers Meet With Two Free Agents, Intend To Make At Least One Offer
By sarahhecht Posted in: freeagency
The much anticipated quick-start of the 2012 free agency period is upon us. Within hours of opening the first reports of movement by the Trail Blazers began to surface.
Adrian Wojnarowksi of Yahoo! Sports reported via his Twitter account @WojYahooNBA
that General Manager Neil Olshey and company used the early hours of free agency to meet with at least two targeted players.
After Houston tonight, Blazers GM Neil Olshey will meet with Chicago center Omer Asik and make him an offer, sources tell Y! Sports.
To clarify, a Portland contingent is meeting with Omer Asik tonight, but Olshey was meeting with a different player, source tells Y! Sports.
A push by Portland right out of the gates is no surprise with the potential financial pressure of other offers to restricted free agent Nicolas Batum looming—I’ve yet to see any serious reports on Batum, but it’s been widely speculated he’ll be aggressively courted by multiple teams. Though an early offer to Batum could throw a kink into the Trail Blazers spending plans you can still relax, there’s no doubt in my mind the front office is completely prepared for such a situation.
Over the last few days Olshey has stated on multiple occasions Portland has a solid vision for the franchise. A vision that involves smart moves for players who will “move the needle” for the team, not impulse buys as short-term stop gaps. That said, expect to see Olshey execute smart contracts for players who will fit and grow with the core of team led by LaMarcus Aldridge, not overspending for aging veterans.
Asik is a 7-foot Turkish center who was originally drafted by the Trail Blazers in the second round of the 2008 draft. He’s played for the Chicago Bulls for two seasons, averaging 13.2 minutes, 2.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.