Does Pau Gasol want to come to the Bulls?

Does Pau Gasol want to come to the Bulls?
May 9, 2014, 11:15 am
CSN Staff

Free-agent-to-be Pau Gasol thinks the Bulls would be an "interesting" destination.

That's from a report in the Los Angeles Times that lists a few places Gasol wouldn't mind landing this offseason.

Here are the Chicago-related details from James Barragan:

“I’m not ruling anything out,” said Gasol, speaking in Spanish during a video interview with Spanish sports website marca.com. “Of course, I hope the Lakers will make an offer — one that is good enough for me to consider — but I’m open to any offers that I would consider interesting and motivating for my present and my future.”

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He also said the Chicago Bulls, with the return of Derrick Rose and the possible addition of fellow Spaniard Nikola Mirotic, could be an interesting team.

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There's no knowing whether the Bulls would want to offer a contract to Gasol, the 12-year veteran and four-time All Star. As far as big men go, the Bulls have an All-Star center in Joakim Noah and power forward Taj Gibson, who just finished second in Sixth Man of the Year voting. Gibson figures to be elevated from sixth man to starter if the Bulls part ways with Carlos Boozer, which has been rumored.

Gasol has been terrific throughout his career, winning a pair of championships with the Lakers. But injuries have always been an issue. Since the 2004-05 season, when he was still only 24 years old, Gasol has appeared in more than 65 games just three times. He appeared in just 60 this year and only 49 the year before.

Still, he averaged 17.4 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game in his 60 games this season.