While there has been question over the past couple of days over whether or not the Chicago Bulls are still a serious contender to sign Carmelo Anthony, there is no doubting the Bulls’ contention for another free agent.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Bulls, along with the Oklahoma City Thunder, are in the lead for the services of free agent forward Pau Gasol.
Spurs staying diligent on free agent Pau Gasol, but Bulls and Thunder — with Lakers lurking — lead the way, sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 8, 2014
The Bulls may be in the lead for Gasol, however, they will not pull the trigger on any deal until they know Anthony’s decision.
In his meeting with the Bulls last Thursday, Gasol was promised to a spot in the starting rotation. Meaning Gasol would be the Bulls’ starting power forward to start the season with Taj Gibson once again serving as the team’s sixth man.
Gasol would provide the Bulls with an added dimension of scoring in the post. The Bulls have lacked a definitive scorer down low and Gasol could certainly fulfill that need. Gasol also is an excellent ball-handler to go along with his a respectable rebounding skills.
It remains to be seen if the Bulls would be able to afford both Gasol and Anthony. Though, in both cases, the Bulls prefer to do a sign-and-trade.
Gasol likely will not make his decision on where to play next season until Anthony has.
Gasol turned 34 this month.