There is no question that the Chicago Bulls front office will be active this summer.
While Bulls’ president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have remained mum on the future plans for the Bulls, the belief is the team will be looking to add a significant free agent in the off-season. The Bulls have already been identified as potential suitor for New York Knicks’ free agent Carmelo Anthony, and now, the team could be an option for Los Angeles Lakers’ forward Pau Gasol.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, the indications are that Gasol and the Lakers will part ways in the off-season thus making Gasol a free agent. Sports Illustrated’s NBA insider Chis Mannix polled NBA general managers on the next stop for Gasol and the Bulls were a common answer.
Gasol, though, will have options. A poll of NBA executives on Gasol’s future returned many of the same answers: Chicago. Cleveland. Charlotte, if the Bobcats believe a Gasol-Al Jefferson front line can stop anybody. Memphis, if Zach Randolph opts out. Even after a disappointing season — and with the understanding that Gasol has never been a strap-a-team-on-his-back kind of player — Gasol will be among the most sought after free agents on the market.
The Bulls have always been mentioned as a potential suitor for Gasol dating back to when the forward was a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. But this is not 2008. The Bulls no longer have a need for the 7-foot Gasol.
Gasol will be 34 years old by the time the 2014-2015 NBA Season starts and his production is beginning to tail off. With the Lakers last season, Gasol averaged 17.4 points per game to go along with 9.7 rebounds per game.
The Bulls will amnesty Carlos Boozer in the off-season that would presumably create a need for a forward. Though, that need is expected to be filled by Nikola Mirotic. Mirotic is expected to be brought over from Europe this summer by the Bulls.
With Mirotic in the plans and the pursuit of Anthony, Gasol likely will not be headed to the Bulls this summer.