Today, Pau Gasol tweeted out his decision regarding where he will be playing next year. He ultimately chose the Chicago Bulls.
It hasn’t been easy. After meditating it a lot I’ve chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 12, 2014
Before yesterday, the Los Angeles Lakers put two deals on the table for Gasol. The first deal was for two years, $23 million and the second one was for three years, $29 million. Pau Gasol turned them both down yesterday.
Gasol, 33, has been a member of the Los Angeles Lakers for the last seven years. He was instrumental in the Lakers reaching three straight NBA Finals, winning back-to-back championships. Despite his successes, he is looking for a new home.
Gasol suffered through a range of injuries last season and only played in 60 games for the Lakers. He averaged a career-low 31.4 minutes per game. Despite the lessened time on the court, he still averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Lakers.
According to league sources, the Lakers were in talks with the Chicago Bulls to work out a sign-and-trade deal for Pau Gasol, but those talks fell through.
The deal is still in need of finalization because the Chicago Bulls roster, as it stands right now, needs some shaping up. They will most likely do this by amnestying Carlos Boozer‘s contract.
The Houston Rockets aren’t too concerned over the loss of Pau Gasol because Trevor Ariza has become their newest acquisition.
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