Despite Pau Gasol’s desire to stay with the Chicago Bulls, NBA rumors and speculations remains very high in the 2016 offseason.
“Despite what both sides said publicly at trade deadline, the surprise will be if Pau Gasol is on Bulls next season.” K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune tweeted.
Though coach Fred Hoiberg appreciated Gasol’s willingness to play for the Bulls, the mentor said that losing Gasol for nothing in free agency could make the decision to keep him to try for one last playoff run short-sighted.
In past NBA rumors about Pau Gasol, the Chicago Bulls had been said to have a deal with Sacramento Kings in order to get the value for the 35-year-old NBA star before he can potentially leave in free agency this offseason.
The said deal will be an exchange between Pau Gasol and swingman Tony Snell for Sacramento Kings big man Kosta Koufos, guard Ben McLemore and a lowering of the lottery protection on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls.
“You have to understand it’s part of this league and part of this business,” Gasol said of handling trade rumors via ESPN.
“It’s not the most comfortable nor the most pleasant situation to be in. But you just got to every day go and do your job and do it the best way you can. Carry yourself as a professional and control what you can control. When there’s continuous rumors — and I’ve been there — it’s hard.”
After the Indiana Pacers’ loss to the Toronto Raptors on Friday, the chances of the Bulls making the playoffs is very dim although making the postseason remains a possibility. Chicago’s playoff fate is out of their hands as they hope Indiana loses all of their games while winning out on their last three games in the regular season.
With the Bulls nearing elimination, and especially if they are eliminated, expect the Pau Gasol leaving via free agency NBA rumors to pick up after the current season.
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