Unrestricted free-agent center Omer Asik and the New Orleans Pelicans are finalizing a five-year deal that could be worth up to $60 million. Without incentives, the base contract is a four-year, $45 million pact.
Asik can kick in a fifth year and additional $15 million through performance and playing time escalators.
Asik, 28, gives the Pelicans a rebounding and defensive presence alongside Anthony Davis, the franchise centerpiece who agreed to a $145 million extension on July 1.
The Pelicans also agreed to re-sign backup center Alexis Ajinca, who will receive a four-year deal worth $20.2 million.