First, please follow @rahathuq on Twitter. As you know, my previous account (@redninetyfour) has been compromised, thus the lack of updates during this, the most important week of the NBA calendar. I’ll roll with @rahathuq indefinitely unless something is resolved with the real account. Please retweet to other Rockets fanatics.
Now, to the real topic: as I write this, the Rockets are awaiting word on whether the Chicago Bulls will match their offer for Omer Asik, a maneuver which, regardless of your opinion on Asik, has to at least be recognized as ingenius on the part of Daryl Morey. By structuring the contract in what is essentially a 5-5-15 format, Morey has created a poison pill which will be tough to swallow in the face of the league’s new luxury tax regulations. (The Rockets also hope to offer New York Knicks guard Jeremy Lin a similar contract.) This is not the first time we’ve seen such “creative financing” from the Morey regime as the Samuel Dalembert contract which was just traded away (in addition to Kyle Lowry and Luis Scola’s deals) featured a partially guaranteed final year that provided immediate relief to an acquiring team. Whatever you may think of the Rockets, you have to agree – they keep things interesting on the books.