He certainly didn't pick the Bulls for the winter weather. Gasol, the Spanish post player with two Finals rings, is a Bull, he says, because they have a very good chance to win the NBA title next season. I felt that here I was going to have that opportunity, and now it's just a matter of getting to work. But Gasol's not a disappointing backup free agent for a team that could be the favorite to win the Eastern Conference, provided the LeBron-led Cavaliers don't land Kevin Love in a trade. Even then, Gasol, along with the other offseason additions, make the Bulls a versatile threat. The Bulls still have only one dynamic scorer in Derrick Rose , but once this team jells, it could be quite potent offensively.
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The dejection of Pau Gasol began in It started with a new coach — Mike Brown — taking over for a legend. It progressed with Mitch Kupchak going wild on the phones, acquiring Chris Paul for Los Angeles for a total of one hour. As the deal was supposed to send Gasol to the Houston Rockets — after he led both the and championship teams in win shares — people were disgusted.
The terms of the contract have not been disclosed. The year-old Gasol has had some injury problems the past few seasons and declined defensively, but he remains a unique talent offensively, with an array of post moves, the ability to hit the mid-range jumper and deft passing touch. He averaged A sign-and-trade would have meant the Bulls could pay Gasol more money and keep their mid-level exception to use on Nikola Mirotic or another player. Instead, the Bulls will have to use salary cap space to sign Gasol.