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Pau Gasol tweets he has chosen to play for Bulls. Only question is will it be sign-and-trade or not.

Jul 12, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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We know how this movie ends — the Chicago Bulls are going to have the best passing front line in the NBA next season with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol.

The only question is what road everyone takes to get there.

Pau Gasol took to twitter to make his announcement on Saturday.

This has been expected for about 24 hours — the Bulls offer the best combination of being able to pay Gasol more than mid-level exception money as well as being a contending team. Teams like the Spurs and Thunder both came after Gasol hard but couldn’t offer as much money. Plus the Bulls being in a major metropolitan area doesn’t hurt with the cultured, Barcelona-raised Gasol.

The only question was whether this move would come through a sign-and-trade or a straight up signing after the Bulls amnesty Carlos Boozer. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports explains:

The Bulls and Lakers have been working on a sign-and-trade package to bring Gasol to the Bulls on a multiyear contract that starts at approximately $10 million a year, league sources told Yahoo Sports. If a sign-and-trade doesn’t come together, the Bulls will sign Gasol to a multiyear deal with a salary starting in the $6.5 million-a-year range, sources said.

The Lakers have not formalized the signings of Nick Young or Jordan Hill to leave the cap space open to make a trade, but no deal has yet come together.

The Bulls don’t want to amnesty Boozer — they still have to pay him, he’s just not on the official books — so they have tried to work out a trade but the Lakers but they have struggled to come to a deal.

The Bulls would need to amnesty Boozer to sign both Gasol and heralded European star Nikola Mirotic (one of the best players overseas).

One way or another, it will get done. Gasol is not Carmelo Anthony — the guy a lot of Bulls fans held out hope for — but he is an upgrade over Carlos Boozer. Gasol is a smart player who can be the fulcrum of the offense from the elbow or can score in the post. He’s a gifted passer and has a midrange jumper. He’s not a great defender, but he’s better than Boozer. Don’t let how Mike D’Antoni misused him fool you, he’s getting older but is still a quality big man, and he averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds a game last season. Bottom line is he’s an upgrade in Chicago.

  1. basketballhooper1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Welcome to Chiraq. Cheef Keef awaits you.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:12 PM

      Why would “Lakers” sign Jordan Hill and not trade for Carlos Boozer lolz cra-cra

    • stayhigh_247 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Chief Keef needs to go pick up a book and live long enough to become a real man. But Pau, should thrive in this system, should be a good year for the Bulls!

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:57 AM

        Books?

        That’s that s h !t I don’t like!

      • ranfan12 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:59 AM

        LOL malt

  2. onbucky96 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    His next tweet will be “Kobe, TELL ME HOW MY A** TASTES!”

    • im2gr84u2h8on - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

      Kobe, how do you like flossing your teeth with my arm-pit hair? No more of that either.

    • ranfan12 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      never hurts to dream

  3. sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Yes!

    Pau should flourish along side the players on this team and with Coach Thibs.

    Bulls, and the rest of the East, better strike early as Lebron and the Cavs will only get better in the coming years.

    The East is more wide open this season than it will be next season and the year after that due to the most likely improvement of the Cavs.

    Better take the East THIS season Bulls…

    Then lose to the Spurs/Thunder in the Finals…

    Oh well, baby steps… hopefully D Rose is healthy all year and most of the way back at a minimum…

    • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:26 PM

      If the Bulls and the Cavs faced each other in the playoffs… I’m still taking LeBron.

      Pau Gasol, Carlos Boozer… what’s the difference? Okay, there’s a little bit of a difference, but both can’t defend and are known as softies.

      • blackman24 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

        Yeah, and who on the Cave besides Lebron are known for their D and being tough? Damn, take off the homer shades for a day. We know you like Lebron, but that Cavs roster is an unfinished product.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:12 PM

        Who on the 2009-2010 Cavs were known for their D and being tough? Just LeBron. That team won 127 games in 2 years and had a top 5 defense.

        Remember, Cleveland LeBron is not the same guy as Miami LeBron. Miami LeBron was a guy who reined in his game to make space for other Hall of Famers. There are no other Hall of Famers in Cleveland.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM

        Anti,

        It would be a very good series, entertaining for us fans to see. As a Bulls fan I hope they’d win.

        Now, all the good young players who became stars took a season, or two or three to “arrive”. It didn’t mean they weren’t good right away, but not like they were.

        Lebron for instance had a PER of 18 something his rookie year and then he really took off, over 25 for his 2nd season.

        Kobe had PER’s in the teens for his first three seasons and then he took off and so on,

        Even if Wiggins does become another KD, LBJ, Kobe, it will still take him a year or two or even three to “arrive”.

        I’m not saying Wiggins won’t be a star but I really don’t think he’ll be an all star level talent this coming season.

        So, a lot depends on the health of D Rose but I’ll take my chances with D Rose, Noah, Pau, Taj, Thibs and the rest of the gang vs. LBJ, Kyrie and the kids.

        As a Bulls fan, the Cavs scare me going forward as they should only get better.

        The Bulls cannot stand pat with who they’ll have this coming season. They need to strengthen themselves for the 15/16 season.

        A lot is unknown now, how quickly Wiggins develops, D Rose’s health etc…

        For now, I’ll take the Bulls over the Cavs THIS season, but the Cavs scare me going forward.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:21 PM

        LeBron has already beaten Rose and Noah and Gibson and Deng when it was basically LBJ and the kids. In 2010. In 5 games. When Rose was healthy and probably better. When LeBron was younger and not as intelligent.

        And Irving is better than anybody LeBron has ever played with in Cleveland by a looooooooong mile.

        And, you know what? Wiggins is a better defender as a rookie than LeBron was. PER isn’t going to show that. But I’ve totally changed my stance on Wiggins for Love. They have got to keep Wiggins.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:43 PM

        Anti,

        Those that LBJ beat in 2010 that you mentioned have all had several seasons to develop and they have, especially Noah.

        You’re right that LBJ beat them. He beat “kids”.

        Those “kids” are now better and it’s LBJ who has the “kids” with him.

        Again, I’ve qualified myself to say just THIS season that I’d take the Bulls over the Cavs.

        And again, I think it would be a good series for us fans, entertaining but I still think the Bulls, who are a much more seasoned group than the Cavs would win.

        Several on the Bulls have played with each other and now Thibs for several seasons and that counts for a LOT.

        Cavs have kids that will develop and they have a new coach and they all have to learn to work and play with each other on the fly. Yeah, they’ll win and be good but give me the Bulls this season against them.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:35 PM

        Seasons to develop… hmm… the only problem is they key player in this equation for Chicago – Rose – didn’t develop new knees. Hate to bring that up but it’s a factor.

        In any case, I understand the Bulls have been together for a while, but they haven’t played with Rose in two years. They haven’t played with Gasol at all.

        And they just don’t have the caliber of players where I would take them over LeBron’s team in any situation. I’m looking at their roster and everyone can be dealt with. If they had a first ballot Hall of Famer type player who was still a force it would be different, but they don’t.

      • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        When did you become a Cavs fan? Or do you just follow Lebron- team be damned?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:38 PM

        Team LeBron fo lyfe, son! I bleed tattoo ink.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Anti

        Of all people to talk about knees.

        yes, D Rose has been injured… We ALL know that. But D Rose was injured. Injuries heal.

        You’ve said many times, including today, that Wade WILL (you said will) perform highly.

        But one CANNOT be sure as his knees are degenerative and one doesn’t know when he’ll get worse and drop down to a lower level of production and when he does will he plateau their or drop again? Then how soon until his knees worsen again?

        None of us KNOW the future but D Rose is younger and was injured. He should (should being the operative word as it’s not a guarantee) be better going forward than D Wade and his knees are.

        Here are words from D Wade HIMSELF…

        “But now, more than a decade since the successful surgery on his left knee, Wade claims the surgical decision to be a primary source of ongoing knee troubles ever since. “My knee problems and the things I’ve dealt with started from that. That was 11 years ago and technology was different and the way you approach things was different.”

        “At that moment, if everyone looked ahead and said, ‘Dwyane’s going to have a 20-year career, maybe we should do something different,’ maybe I wouldn’t have [knee issues]. At that time it was to get me back on the basketball court and do what is best.”

        D Wade said “ONGOING KNEE TROUBLES”

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:09 PM

        Wade still has both ACLs. He never suffered the type of severe injury that Rose went through on his first one. And Rose had major surgery now on both knees.

        I can be sure about Wade because played very well last season. It’s not like he was terrible, like Rose was when he tried to come back. So why would Wade all of a sudden play poorly next year? Because he had 2 bad games in the Finals? That’s ridiculous.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:01 PM

        D Wade’s knees are chronic and you or anyone CANNOT say that he WILL play well, great etc… this coming season.

        he might, but he might not…

        “Partial loss of a meniscus can have damaging effects on a knee, leading to serious longer-term consequences. The resulting bone-on-bone interaction, loose cartilage and excess fluid buildup in the knee causes severe pain, soreness, swelling, bruising and loss of range of motion.

        “This is what Wade will be dealing with for the rest of his career. The symptoms can be managed with rest and rehabilitation, but the underlying condition is both chronic and degenerative. Many years down the line, Wade is likely to face knee replacement”

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:11 PM

        When’s the last time Wade had a bad season? 2004? There is no indication that he’s all of a sudden going to fall off a cliff.

        You can still play well enough to make a big impact on a knee like Wade’s. Kobe has been doing it for 4 years now.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:03 PM

        For anyone caring about the meniscus injuries these players deal with on their knees.

        The info I cited above came from the article below.

        http://heathoops.com/2013/11/through-severe-knee-injuries-dwyane-wade-continues-to-endure/

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:14 PM

        Yes, but he’s been playing well overall, so that’s irrelevant. Why would I worry about his knees when he set a few career highs last year?

        Obviously it’s a concern, but Wade has proven that he can play with it and still be an All-Star level player… but it’s not a concern like it is with Rose. It feels like we haven’t seen Rose play in years. Unlike Wade, Rose hasn’t proven that he can play with knee issues.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:36 PM

        Anti,

        YES Wade has played well…

        but his knees are CHRONIC and they are NOT getting better, only worse.

        it depends on how quickly they get worse.

        none of us know that answer to that. Heat Hoops says he ENDURES through SEVERE knee injuries.

        those injuries have NOT gone away. Wade’s knees WILL get worse, ONLY a matter of time and how fast.

        So, just BECAUSE he HAS played well up to now, that means NOTHING for the man going FORWARD due to the condition of his knees.

        And Wade missed MORE than one third of last season… yeah, he played well when he played.

        what’s next, playing half a season? he can’t tell you, the trainers can’t tell you, him or us.

        HOPEFULLY D Wade does remain as healthy as he can and he gets to play. I WANT him and all the stars in the league to be healthy. It’s more fun that way for us fans.

        My only point is that you (or anyone) can’t say for sure that he’s going to play well. That statement is incorrect due to his condition and even if he plays well and most of next yr it doesn’t make the statement correct as it is still incorrect.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:45 PM

        First of all, Wade only missed games last year as a precaution, an experiment, if you will – not because he was hurt. They could afford to try a new course with him because they had LeBron and Bosh. But it was a mistake. It killed the team’s chemistry.

        Secondly, yes, Wade is getting older. We all are. But there is absolutely no reason to think that his production is going to drop off a cliff out of nowhere. If that was the case people would be saying it about every 32 year old player with any sort of injury history. Why pick on Wade when he didn’t even hurt himself last year? If anything, D.Wade should see an uptick in numbers with LeBron gone.

        And why are you trying to turn this into a D.Wade conversation?

        Rose and Wade are not in the same position.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:40 PM

        Anti,

        you asked me why I brought up D Wade… I did because of what YOU said…

        you said…

        “the only problem is they key player in this equation for Chicago – Rose – didn’t develop new knees. Hate to bring that up but it’s a factor.”

        So I simply included info about D Wade and his knees AFTER you brought up the knees of D Rose.

        I hadn’t made this about Wade and his knees until you brought up Rose’s knees.

        Yes, it IS a factor with Rose and it IS a factor with Wade… Like I said before, none of us know the future but Rose was injured and he’s healed. He’s younger.

        Wade can’t heal from his condition and it’s chronic as detailed in the article from Heat Hoops with diagrams of the knees and all…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        Wade didn’t injure his knees though. Rose just had surgery on his two years in a row. So… still… doesn’t make a lot of sense to bring up Wade’s knees when they’re not bothering him.

    • elrock7 - Jul 12, 2014 at 10:42 PM

      Chicago are chronic under-achievers, I don’t see how adding Pau is going to change the Chicago Bandaids that much.

  4. mackcarrington - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    Why would the Lakers want to facilitate the Bulls getting Gasol? Seems they should just sit back and wait for Boozer to be amnestied and snatch him up.

    • beavertonsteve - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:11 PM

      They won’t take Boozer without some additional compensation. I believe they’d even have to stretch Nash to make this deal work so it would need to have some value.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:00 PM

        Yep. The Lakers got a first round pick for taking Jeremy Lin, and they’re likely looking for compensation like that for taking on Boozer.

        Lakers are stockpiling assets and handing out mostly short term deals, aside from the one they gave to Nick Young. They’re acting like a rebuilding team, and they should.

    • Damidwesterner - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      Because they want to ensure Gasol goes to the Bulls and out of the West. If Jerry stays firm and doesn’t amnesty Boozer, Gasol could go to the Spurs. Which would be bad for the Lakers.
      Boozer’s gotta go before the Bulls can take on Gasol.

    • stephenlin - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      If the Lakers take on Boozer, I shall become violent.

      • therealhtj - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:21 AM

        They need a warm body at the 4 while Randle gets ready. Boozer can still score in the post and isn’t as big a downgrade over Pau as most assume. A change of scenery may help him.

        Besides, the only reason the Lakers do this is if the Bulls send a first rounder with him and it’ll likely be in the low to mid 20’s. If Rose’s knees don’t hold up yet again, it’ll be just outside the lottery.

  5. bostonian13 - Jul 12, 2014 at 6:58 PM

    “so they have tried to work out a trade but the Lakers but they have struggled to come to a deal.”

    Lol, SMH.

  6. maf586 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    So taj Gibson is still coming off the bench

    • antistratfordian - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      That’s the best role for him and for the Bulls.

    • bigbamboom1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      I doubt it. I believe Gasol will be the first big off the bench. To spell Noah or Gibson. Or they can go 3 bigs with Rose and the hot shooting rookie in certain matchup situations like Indiana. This is a great pickup. I think he fits what the Bulls need more than Carmelo.

      • Chris - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Gasol is not going to the bulls to be a bench player

  7. andreboy1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    told you guys he’d get 10 mil a year

  8. patrickla818 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Good for Pau! Now I have a reason to watch Bulls games and root for a former Laker because our Lakers are gonna be awful again, well maybe a little better but an 8th seed at best while the Bulls with a healthy Rose will contend in the East!

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:50 PM

      Patrick,

      thanks for being an honest Lakers fans. you’ve got a great franchise to root for, but you’re in a down turn now is all.

      hat tip to Dr. Buss and all he was able to accomplish for 30 something yrs.

  9. stephenlin - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    As a Lakers fan, I couldn’t be happier for him. You’re going to a great team, Pau. Take care of him, Chicago!

  10. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    So, with Gasol and Mirotic coming over, what does this mean for poor Taj Gibson?

    • Gordon - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      I wouldn’t worry about that too much. Mirotic is probably not going to play much this season. Gibson is the best 6th man in the league. He’s not getting bumped unless Mirotic is the second coming (he’s not).

  11. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Sweet baby Jesus that’s one heck of a value contract!

    Good luck Pau, we’ll always love you! Thank you for everything from your professionalism to the rings. Class act human being. Laker 4 life and a Purple and Gold legend.

  12. fordmandalay - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Dammit. Well, so long and good luck Pau, and thanks for being a great Laker. – Lakers fans

  13. ranfan12 - Jul 12, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    wouldn’t be surprised if he did a sign and trade just to be nice lol. hope that doesn’t backfire

  14. bigbamboom1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    The Central division is going to be a tough one to win in the East! Indianapolis, Chicago, Cleveland and even Detroit is going to be tougher. I think this kind of competitive parity is actually good for the East. Especially with all of those young potential stare coming on board. Washington, Atlanta, Charlotte, New Jersey, and Boston are going to be much better too. With Miami fading, the East is going to become an interesting shootout. With many teams in the playoff and championship series hunt. Even Miami won’t fade as far as most people think IMO. If both Bosh Wade comes back to All Star form to create a dynamic duo. And anything can happen with the Knicks. They could be in the middle of it if Hardaway grows as a viable point guard and Stoudemire gives them anything other than injury plagued bench time.

    • themanchine - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:29 PM

      Hardaway is a SG. I’d like to Shumpert play the point in The Triangle ala Ron Harper due to his D

  15. fordmandalay - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    That effing Kupchak better get off the dime and get something going with the Lakers damned soon. He’s shown nothing but bad judgement since 2009, and little enough before that. It’s way past time to kick him to the curb.

    • skins26portis - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      Hey they paid your boy Kobe so he can retire as a Laker. Stop whining Laker fan.

  16. cruzan80 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Taj Gibson is still the best PF on that team….

  17. fanofthegame1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Mirotic?

    • fanofthegame1 - Jul 12, 2014 at 8:19 PM

      Are they giving him up in a sign and trade?

  18. nawlinsmitty - Jul 12, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    It won’t work.

  19. campcouch - Jul 12, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    From Melo to Pau, not exactly what the Bulls were imagining. So this keeps Taj Gibson on the bench still right? I don’t know what to make of this signing. Unless Gibson suddenly turns into a SF, they should’ve just packaged him for somebody. Gasol is a defensive and slight offensive upgrade to Boozer but is he really what this team needed? They should’ve re-signed Deng instead.

    Funny that Melo said he wanted Gibson to stay if he signed but never did, James praised Napier and Miami maneuvered for him…we saw what happened. Houston screwed all of their plans up over Melo and could potentially lose their starting SF to a rival and sent their backup PG go. I forgot the Heat paying Bosh 5/118. Superstars truly do hold sway over the GMs huh.

  20. csbanter - Jul 13, 2014 at 1:14 AM

    Rose is happy he didn’t want Melo stealing his spotlight and taking shots away from him. Pau is definitely an upgrade but he’s not the same player from his LA heyday. As for Boozer he’ll be back in Cleveland soon enough.

  21. redskins21lakers24 - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    The Bull’s will be good, but not good enough to win the championship. They got gasol but will release boozer, I don’t see them being much better this year.

  22. lakerade - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Thank you, Pau. Class act, exquisite baller.

    If Rose is healthy, watch out.

  23. tfilarski - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    hopefully pau likes playing 45 minutes a game

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