The Houston Rockets waived two players on Wednesday, clearing roster space for Omer Asik to come to Houston as the team's second-biggest off-season pickup. The Houston Chronicle reports that Jon Leuer and Jerome Jordan, who came to Houston in trades in the 2012 offseason, were both waived.
Once both players clear waivers, the Rockets will have room to add Asik, and he can officially sign his offer sheet, beginning a three-day period in which the Chicago Bulls, who hold Asik's rights as a free agent, can match Houston's deal or negotiate a trade with the Rockets.
Reports have indicated that the Bulls, notoriously stingy with their spending, will not match Asik's deal, including one from a Houston radio host on Wednesday. Asik's offer sheet, still not officially signed, will reportedly be for three years and $25 million, a rich contract for one of the NBA's finer defensive bigs and a limited offensive player.