NBA rumors: Chicago Bulls prefer to re-sign Joakim Noah over Pau Gasol

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How many games has Joakim Noah missed in this regular season due to injury? The number is 48. Well, the Chicago Bulls still prefer to re-sign Noah over veteran Spaniard Pau Gasol.

Why the Bulls are so interested in retaining the injured star? Noah has been a favorite player and ambassador of Jerry Reinsdorf, and he has an intense bond with John Paxson. The Bulls are eyeing to re-sign him on a short-term deal. Center Noah is set to become a free-agent this offseason.

The Bulls are likely to part ways with Pau Gasol this offseason. Gasol could have been traded to the Sacramento Kings ahead of the February trade deadline, but the Bulls refrained from doing it.

Noah remains invested in the Bulls’ side to question Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler for their silence on the April 3 team meeting, as reported by Real GM.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune wrote:

“Though front-office meetings have yet to finalize the Bulls’ Plan A for this offseason, there is strong internal desire to re-sign Noah on a short-term deal. Noah long has been a favorite player and ambassador of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. Executive vice president John Paxson drafted Noah, and their bond is genuine.”

But isn’t resigning Noah a risky shot?

  1. Re-signing Noah could be risky due to his injuries. That’s why the Bulls want him for a short-term deal. 31-year-old Noah on the other hand, wants a long term deal.
  2. Noah might be eyeing to land in a team where winning is a much guaranteed thing, even if Chicago offers him a good deal and a bigger role.

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