Veteran center Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are "close to finalizing a deal," according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Asik will sign a five-year, $60 million deal when the moratorium ends on July 9, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
The 28-year-old Asik is coming off a season in which he averaged 7.3 points and 9.8 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game.
Asik was traded to New Olreans last season after spending two in Houston and two in Chicago. In signing him to a longterm deal the Pelicans are ensuring that they have someone to protect Davis down in the paint. Asik will also allow Alvin Gentry, New Orleans' recently-hired head coach, to play a big lineup if he wants.