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Report: Bulls trying to engage Lakers in Pau Gasol trade talks

Mar 13, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol of Spain fights for a rebound with Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce during their NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

The feeling among Bulls fans is they have a good team — one built for the regular season but one that cannot get by the Heat in the playoffs. Not as the teams stand now. I don’t think the gap between the two teams (when healthy) is that great, but the Heat do look the better side when everything is functioning.

The Bulls need something more — like Pau Gasol.

That’s what they are talking to the Lakers about, reports Marc Stein of ESPN.

The Chicago Bulls are exploring avenues to acquire Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources say that the Lakers, however, have limited interest in the players Chicago would be offering, starting with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer. So the Bulls would have to recruit at least one more team to the discussions to have any shot at Gasol, sources said, with the Lakers known to be insistent on getting back at least one certifiable star if they consent to the trade the Spaniard. Sources say that the Lakers, furthermore, continue to talk to other teams about Gasol in advance.

For the Bulls, this makes a lot of sense (especially since Dwight Howard has no interest in Chicago). Pau Gasol is the kind of big they need — good scorer around the rim, has a midrange game, very good passer, underrated defender and he has championship experience.

For the Lakers… let’s just say the Bulls are going to have to offer a lot more to make up for the gap from Gasol to Boozer. A lot. That is a steep drop. I’m not sure who the third team would be or what they could offer, however I think there is a reason the Bulls are having trouble finding a good partner here. Nothing is impossible, but I’ll just say the Bulls have a large gap to bridge here.

Remember the Lakers think with a point guard to go with Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Gasol they are a threat in the West. They will entertain moving Gasol but they are not desperate to do so in the least.

The Rockets and other teams also are engaged in talking to the Lakers about Gasol, Stein reports.

But come Friday, I would expect Gasol will be a Laker.

  1. jumbossportsblog - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  2. chargerdillon - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    Unless the Bulls are trading Derrick Rose for Pau Gasol the Bulls can take their dumpsterfire of a team and shove it.

    Pau > any 2 players on the Bulls not named Derrick Rose

    No 2 players on the Bulls are worth Pau
    No 3 players on the Bulls are worth Pau

    Bulls you have a role in the NBA, to be the Heats BIAAAAAAATCH, accept your role and take your graceful exit in the Eastern Converence Finals (and stay away from Pau!)

    • tomossriceenoughsaid - Mar 13, 2012 at 6:40 PM

      I would take deng and noah for pau… get off your high horse, your fakers are history

    • 00maltliquor - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

      How is this not true!? Why so many thumbs down?? Maybe you guys didn’t care for the last paragraph but the rest of what chargerdillon said was spot on.

      I would not take any combo of Bulls players without Rose being involved for Pau. I respect the Bulls. The Bulls are the best “TEAM” in the NBA, but they all work together as one and separately wouldn’t be much but end of the bench players/ marginal role-players and interchangeable starters elsewhere away from coach Thibs and the system he has in place. It’s like the MJ Bulls all over again, complete with a poor-man’s version of Scottie (Deng) and Rodman (a slight stretch but Noah).

      • loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:27 AM

        yeah, little surprised as well by all the thumbdowns. i think they are under-estimating Gasol’s value.

      • comeonnowguys - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:19 AM

        Because there’s no way you could be OVER-estimating it?

  3. franbotel - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    That’s so honest and funny

  4. glink123 - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    …because Pau is so awesome, he’ll be watching the NBA playoffs this year from his couch, with Kobe. maybe they can pool together their $45 million in combined salaries and buy a pair good tickets to the Western Conference finals?

    • cinnalocks - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:07 PM

      @ glink123 They may be sitting but it will be with Derrick Rose and the rest of the Bulls.

      • gmsingh - Mar 14, 2012 at 7:47 AM

        cinnalocks, do you really think the Bulls will be sitting out the playoffs? Don’t you think you should save up for that much needed brain surgery?

      • loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:29 AM

        i think its equally ridiculous to think/claim the Lakers will be stting out of the playoffs. as far as how deep the Lakers or bulls go…who knows.

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      …because Pau is so awesome, the Lakers have two more banners hanging from the rafters at Staples.

  5. losangelasbasketball - Mar 13, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    chicago is trying to aquire pao the same way the lakers aquired him… for nuffin…

    • smoothaswilkes - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      nothing? have you seen the memphis roster? maybe you missed gasol on the all star team this year? you know, Marc Gasol. one of the players traded to memphis for Pau, not pao.

      oh yeah, that cap space to sign Zach Randolph? you can thank the expiring contract of one Kwame Brown, who was also in that “nuffin” trade.

      your spelling is about as good as your takes. seriously, you can’t even spell LOS ANGELES — the basketball capital of the world.

  6. cinnalocks - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:08 PM

    His name is Pau not Pao ………………..o wise one.

  7. velascochad - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:14 PM

    for the love of god, now is the time to get THE MAN, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND Brian Scalabrine! the yang to the black mamba’s yin! WHITE MAMBA!

  8. lakerluver - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Give the LAKERS Noah and Deng for Pau. Maybe the LAKERS can throw in Walton to make the contracts fit. We, as in the LAKERS, do NOT want an undersized Carlos Boozer!! At least Noah and Deng could step right in and start for L. A. Metta wouldn’t be very happy about possibly coming off the bench but oh, well.

  9. dirtybird2020 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Coming from a chargers fan, way to suck off lebron, youve swallowed more black seeds than lady gaga at a watermelon eating contest, never gets old listening to you queers, no 3 players better, pau soft as heck could care less if we get that bum, if you were here id make you my biatch and you would know your role and id have my name branded in your a$$, and your role would be to make sure my ps3 controllers are picked up, charged and put away when im out filling your mother up, something your dad shouldve never did and since then the world has had to pay for his stupid MISTAKES, you mustve been born during a earthquake and were shook a baby with comments like no 3 players, lakers are begging for a trade, pau is soft ask mav fans last year, get my controller biatch i got a game to watch tomorrow, before you go to bed fill you moms dish up with water!

    • chargerdillon - Mar 13, 2012 at 9:28 PM

      Being the Bulls fan that you are, im just impressed you could read and comprehend everything that I said. Sorry about your luck

  10. savvybynature - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Deng and Noah would make sense. They are both younger than Pau. Lakers throw in Blake, who they haven’t been happy with, to help the Bulls while Richardson out.
    Could work, but who becomes Chicago’s 3? I don’t think Thibs would be thrilled about losing the defense. Not sure getting Metta World Peace back would make him feel any better, lol.

  11. dirtybird2020 - Mar 13, 2012 at 8:43 PM

    Wouldnt work, bulls wouldnt take the bums lakers over paid for, and wouldnt get rid of noah who is a better rebound and a ten times better defender, and has attitude and dont take crap from players like lebron like gasols last meet, tell lebron to guard noah like he did gasol, lebron would be on his a$$, like i said gasol soft as heck, boozer aucks on defense but he wont let a lebron touch him like micheal jacaon at your 5 year old sons bday party, bulls got attitude gasol has 99 problems and a girl being #1, he was so soft that his girl went to a pg to handle man business, gasol, lakers are done, gasol was along for the ride, without bynum they would lose 10 out of 10 times in the championships ask garnet and perkins, and you only won your last championship cause perkins was out and the refs gave kobe 24 free throws, laker fans have no place in a basketball conversation, even though kobe is the man and is the trye king of this decade, lebron dont have a ring sonhow can he be king, all kings have rings, he has a crown like i had a crown when i was 6 eating a happy meal at burger king!

    • loungefly74 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      dirtybird…damn dude. you sound like the kid who just got dumped…just spewing nonsense.

      you talkin about the 2010 finals? ha! man…spin it any way you want man…we all know what happened. hows it like living in your “shoulda…woulda…coulda” world?

      actually, i’ll just stop right here…its not worth it.

  12. dirtybird2020 - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Forgot to put water in your moms dish, she eventually died, now she can never the earth with a nuthugger like you again! Go swallow southbeaches load, hes into that kinda thing!

  13. reupjosh - Mar 13, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Velascochad wins with his comment.

  14. glink123 - Mar 13, 2012 at 11:17 PM

    all of these “sources say” rumors are utterly laughable. must be nice to be able to roll out of bed at noon, fire off a few random “sources say team-x is trying to trade for so-and-so” emails to some blog, then sit back and laugh at all the chatter. there’s been literally over 100 “rumor” posts in the past 30 days, and not a single one had panned out. then today Monta Ellis gets traded to the Bucks and not a single one of you genius insiders had a clue until after it went down. Listen, I love to talk sports as much as anybody, but at least try to have some journalistic integrity. For starters, Deng isn’t going anywhere. Not with a pile of mangled tendons in his wrist, not to mention he’s arguably one of the top 3 wing defenders in the league. Noah also isn’t going anywhere. I could see CHI moving Boozer if only because of Taj Gibson’s emergence at the 4. Boozer can score the ball, and rebound the ball, but he can’t play defense to save his soul. He’ll go for 26 and 12, but give up 36 at the same time. The Bulls need scoring from the 2. period. The Lakers need a PG. The Bulls would consider shipping CJ Watson, and maybe Taj Gibson, but the financial numbers don’t work, as both make a total of $7 mil. Boozer would HAVE to be included, if only because his $16 million us necessary to make any meaningful trade work. There’s very little reason for the Bulls to make a big move. You don’t create two big holes in the boat to acquire materials to patch one little hole.

  15. mcjon22 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    The Lakers really think they can get a ‘star’ for Gasol at this point? Who are they kidding? They’ll be amnestying this guy after next year. Get what you can get from ANY team and move on

  16. glink123 - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    I see. So basically Thibs is a lock for coach of the year, every year. and Rose is a lock for MVP again this year. I mean, since the rest of the team is just end-of-bench non-starters and all. 97-29 record since last year, basically 70 games over .500, haven’t lost two games in a row in over 14 months. I’ll agree with everything you just said then.

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      They’re just cranky their favorite team isn’t the best team in L.A. anymore. Let them have their tantrum.

  17. francislindayag - Mar 14, 2012 at 5:38 AM

    The Lakers are not stupid to trade Gasol to the Bulls. I think the Lakers are going to get Ramon Sessions using the Lamar Odom exception salary. They really need a PG right now!

  18. florida727 - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    The only way the Bulls get rid of Boozer is by agreeing to eat part of his salary going forward. The problem with trading him, as everyone on here thinks they should do, is you have to find someone stupid enough to make the same mistake the Bulls did in acquiring him. Deng and Noah aren’t going anywhere. Deng is too young and talented, his upside too great (think early-on Scottie Pippen). Noah plays with an intensity you just can’t buy… and he does it EVERY night. Reminds me of Bill Cartwright. Not much of an offensive threat but since the Bulls offense is built from the outside-in, he’s serviceable. He’ll score his 10 per, grabs a boatload of rebounds, and typically shut down the other team’s big. Very Cartwright-like. What the Bulls really need is a healthy version of Rip Hamilton (think John Paxson / Steve Kerr). The blueprint is there. It needs fine-tuning.

    If you compare by POSITION (not talent) in their scheme, Rose is Jordan, Noah is Cartwright, Deng is Pippen, Boozer is Horace Grant, and Hamilton or Taj Gibson is Paxson/Kerr. That’s the model that won SIX titles in eight years.

    To suggest the Bulls can’t beat the Heat is moronic. To think it’s a given that they will, borders on stupidity though.

  19. berbes - Mar 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM

    i’m just proud of kurt for getting through an entire story without speaking of the god that is laboob.

    one day at a time, kiddo.

    oh, the bulls will win it this year; as a team with a superior coach, like they did in the 90’s..

    • comeonnowguys - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:27 AM

      …you mean “as a team with the greatest player of all time and another Top 50 player?”

      Not knocking Phil Jackson, just pointing out “team play” is much easier when you have world-class players.

  20. berbes - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    i’m just proud of kurt for getting through an entire story without speaking of the god that is laboob.

    one day at a time, kiddo.

    the bulls will win it this year; as a team with a superior coach, like they did in the 90’s with phil whats-his-face.

  21. mistercharitystripe34 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:59 PM

    Only way this happens is if Chicago throws Boozer, Watson, and Charlotte’s #1 at the Lakers with the assumption that LA really likes CJ Watson.

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