Reports continue to circulate that the Chicago Bulls are talking to teams about Pau Gasol. How actively depends on which report you listen to, it varies from “aggressively” to saying the Bulls want to be blown away any offer, or they hang up the phone. Gasol is 35 and will opt out this summer and become a free agent — the Bulls would be stupid not to test the market for him.
The Sacramento Kings — a team that fired their assistant coach Wednesday and are making a hard push to add talent so they can make a playoff push — are trying to barge to the front of the line, according to Chris Mannix and Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical at Yahoo Sports.
The Bulls have discussed deals with multiple NBA teams on Gasol, but one discussion lingered on Wednesday, league sources told The Vertical’s Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix: Gasol and Tony Snell to the Sacramento Kings for Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and a lowering of the lottery protections on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls.
How low on those lottery protections is an interesting question, but that’s a lot for the Bulls to give up for what they get in return. The Kings are a desperate organization under owner Vivek Ranadive, who wants to end the franchise’s nine-year playoff drought, franchise stability be damned.
As for Gasol himself, he doesn’t want to leave Chicago — in fact, he hopes to re-sign their this summer, Wojnarowski says.
Six-time All-Star center Pau Gasol holds significant interest in signing a contract extension with the Chicago Bulls this summer and has strongly resisted the idea of a trade that would turn him into a two-month rental, league sources told The Vertical….
Gasol, 35, plans to decline the player option on the $7.4 million owed to him in 2016-17, but has significant interest in signing a new deal to remain with the Bulls, league sources said.
Just like the trade rumors, there are plenty of different rumors about What Gasol will do this summer.
Of course, it will come down to money this July. It’s always about the money. But there are other factors in play. Gasol wants to be in a cosmopolitan city, he wants to win, but at the end of the day money talks. That said, he paired with his brother along the front line would make for some interesting times in Memphis. I just wouldn’t expect it to happen.