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NBA Rumors: Knicks could send Robin Lopez, Kyle O’Quinn to Bulls for Pau Gasol – Report

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The New York Knicks could make a last minute attempt to snag All-Star power forward Pau Gasol, who has been placed on the trading block by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

According to Marc Beerman of New York Daily Post, the Knicks remains a desirable landing spot for Gasol even after former teammate Derek Fisher was relieved from head coaching job.

He pointed out that Knicks president of basketball operation Phil Jackson is still high on his former player despite his advanced age. Although the Knicks have legit shot at landing the 35-year old Spaniard when he hits the free-agency market this summer, Beerman thinks the Knicks could strike a deal now by using Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn as trade assets.

Via New York Post:

If Jackson makes a play for Gasol to be the perfect mentor to Porzingis, he could attempt to trade Lopez, who has been effective since late December but also will make more than $13 million next season.

The Knicks also could try to clear some cap space at Thursday’s deadline by shipping out power forward Kyle O’Quinn, who was inked for four years and $16 million last summer. Backup center Kevin Seraphin is not under contract for next season.

Gasol averages 17 points and 10.9 rebounds in 31 minutes per game this season. He just played in his sixth All-Star game in Toronto as a replacement to injured teammate Jimmy Butler.

Despite his strong output this season, the Bulls are aggressively shopping Gasol in hope of getting something valuable in return. Although Gasol has expressed strong interest to stay in Windy City, the Bulls front office can’t just afford losing him for nothing.

Also trying to acquire the big man before the 3 p.m deadline are the Raptors, Grizzlies and Kings, who are already preparing to send Kosta Koufos and Ben Mclemore for Gasol and Tony Snelln (the Vertical of Yahoo Sports).

The New York Knicks could make a last minute attempt to snag All-Star power forward Pau Gasol, who has been placed on the trading block by the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday.

According to Marc Beerman of New York Daily Post, the Knicks remains a desirable landing spot for Gasol even after former teammate Derek Fisher was relieved from head coaching job.

He pointed out that Knicks president of basketball operation Phil Jackson is still high on his former player despite his advanced age. Although the Knicks have legit shot at landing the 35-year old Spaniard when he hits the free-agency market this summer, Beerman thinks the Knicks could strike a deal now by using Robin Lopez and Kyle O’Quinn as trade assets.

Via New York Daily Post:

If Jackson makes a play for Gasol to be the perfect mentor to Porzingis, he could attempt to trade Lopez, who has been effective since late December but also will make more than $13 million next season.

The Knicks also could try to clear some cap space at Thursday’s deadline by shipping out power forward Kyle O’Quinn, who was inked for four years and $16 million last summer. Backup center Kevin Seraphin is not under contract for next season.

Gasol averages 17 points and 10.9 rebounds in 31 minutes per game this season. He just played in his sixth All-Star game in Toronto as a replacement to injured teammate Jimmy Butler.

Despite his strong output this season, the Bulls are aggressively shopping Gasol in hope of getting something valuable in return. Although Gasol has expressed strong interest to stay in Windy City, the Bulls front office can’t just afford losing him for nothing.

Also trying to acquire the big man before the 3 p.m deadline are the Raptors, Grizzlies and Kings, who are already preparing to send Kosta Koufos and Ben Mclemore for Gasol and Tony Snelln (the Vertical of Yahoo Sports).

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