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Winning this match game

Rockets GM Daryl Morey uses 'Gilbert Arenas rule' to maximum advantage

Updated: July 2, 2012, 7:36 PM ET
By John Hollinger | ESPN.com
Omer AsikAP Photo/Matt SlocumHis offense is lacking, but Omer Asik offers strong defense and rebounding credentials.
In the current collective bargaining agreement, it's known as the Gilbert Arenas rule. In the next CBA, it might be known as the Daryl Morey rule, because the Houston Rockets GM just drove a Mack truck through every one of the provision's current loopholes in agreeing to a three-year, $25.1 million offer sheet with restricted free agent Omer Asik, formerly of the Chicago Bulls.

Let's set aside whether Asik is actually worth $25.1 million over three years for a moment -- we'll tackle that later -- and just ponder the evil genius of the structuring of the contract and how it gives the Rockets a huge advantage in prying him away from the Bulls.