Gasol comments on trade rumors with Bulls

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Gasol comments on trade rumors with Bulls

Pau Gasol has a thing or two to say concerning the rumors of him being dealt to the Bulls.

Trade ideas began circulating recently, so the Los Angeles Times decided to go straight to the source and find out Gasol's thought on the idea of the trade.

My position is still the same, Gasol told Mark Medina at the Times. I still would love to be a part of the Lakers and continue to be here to help the team win more championships as soon as possible. Its out of my control and its out of my hands, no matter what."

The potential trade between the Bulls and Lakers would have most likely included Carlos Boozer or Luol Deng. But between Deng's injury and Boozer's inconsistent play and 47 million contract, the swap seemed unlikely to happen from the start.

I dont know where that came from, Gasol said. Its pointless to really worry about it. Im totally cool with it, whatever they say. The stories will appear and then disappear on something that does or doesnt happen again. It sucks to be in that position, but it is what it is.

Gasol has been linked to trade rumors since the start of the shortened season and was even dealt to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul before the league rejected the deal.

"There's a lot of rumors," Gasol said. "Different rumors, all kinds of rumors. Once the NBA draft gets closer on June 28th, all kings of stuff still again will come up."

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

Saturday on CSN: Kyle Hendricks, Cubs face Reds

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World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

World Series thank-yous follow Kris Bryant to Las Vegas

MESA, Ariz. – Kris Bryant didn’t need to pose for a Crate & Barrel billboard in Wrigleyville or walk a goat around a Bed Bath & Beyond commercial shoot. Cub fans just kept sending him free stuff.

The wedding gifts actually shipped to his parents’ house in Las Vegas, where he honed the swing that landed him on a new Sports Illustrated cover that asked: “How Perfect is Kris Bryant?”   

This happens when you mention your registries on a late-night show with another Vegas guy (Jimmy Kimmel) after leading an iconic franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years.        

So Bryant will be the center of attention in Sin City this weekend when the Cubs play two split-squad games against the Cincinnati Reds. But that spotlight will pretty much follow the National League’s reigning MVP wherever he goes. 

At least this gives Bryant a chance to chill at the pool and organize the house he moved into in January. 

“My mom just kept throwing stuff in my car: ‘Here, take it!’” Bryant said. “Opening all those boxes, I can’t believe how many presents we got from fans. It was unbelievable. Jess is going to have to write all the thank-you notes. I’m just signing my name on them. You have literally like 700 thank-you notes to write.

“I said: ‘You need to just go get the generic thank-you.’ She’s like: ‘No, they took the time out of their day to buy us a present.’ This is going to take her the whole year. So if there’s anybody out there that’s waiting for one…”    

The wait is finally over for generations of Cub fans. Spring training will always have a “Groundhog Day” element to it. But this camp – with no major injuries so far or real roster intrigue or truly wacky stunts – has felt different. As the players get ready for a new season – one without 1908 looming over everything – they can’t escape what they did. 

“Every day something reminds me of it,” said Kyle Hendricks, who will start Saturday in Las Vegas. “Even going to throw in these spring games, when they announce your name and the whole crowd erupts because of the World Series. That wasn’t happening last year. 

“Little things like that make me notice. Something every day is brought to my attention, so it’s still getting used to that part.”  

The Cubs insist there won’t be a hangover effect in 2017, believing that this young group is too talented and too focused to get derailed by distractions and overconfidence. But the Cubs could go 0-162 this season and Bryant would still probably be breaking down boxes for recycling.   

“It’s funny,” Bryant said. “We just put cameras on my house for security and I’ll just look at it sometimes. I’ll randomly see my mom just unloading boxes. I’m like: ‘Mom, what’s going on? Are we getting more stuff?’ She’s like: ‘Yeah, we keep getting more boxes.’”