Derrick Rose previously said that he would love for Pau Gasol to join him on the Bulls. And if you want to believe the Bulls’ own website, Gasol, probably on his way out of Los Angeles, doesn’t think that’s such a bad idea, either. Here’s Bulls.com:
The interesting part, according to Lakers’ insiders, is Gasol would like to play for the Bulls. And what you hardly need any sources for is to see how he and Bryant basically can’t stand one another. It was no secret around L.A. what all those post series comments were about. “We got to be committed to each other,” said Ron Artest. “This year we wasn’t as committed collectively, and that hurt us a lot.” Said Bynum: “We just weren’t doing it together.”
That was because Bryant and Gasol were constantly at odds. And that came out several times in the playoffs with the two frequently arguing on the court and Bryant again questioning Gasol’s heart.
This would obviously be an upgrade for the Bulls if it can happen. I repeat: if it can happen. Because a Gasol trade would be a tall order. His obscene contract aside (4 years, $60.6 million), it’s doubtful the Lakers would want any part of Carlos Boozer, who would not be the answer to any of the Lakers’ problems. Not without side pieces included in the deal.
But of course Gasol would be down for a move to Chicago. Not just because he’d be going from a team of total disorganization to a legitimate title contender (when Rose gets healthy), but also because he’d be going someplace where he’s wanted. And maybe the key to seeing the Pau of old rather than the Pau who locked up in the playoffs will just be a hug.
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