Jul 18, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (left) and general manager Gar Forman (right) pose for a photo with newly signed center Pau Gasol during a press conference at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gasol: "I Prioritized Being On A Championship-Caliber Team"

Unlike New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, the opportunity of winning a championship actually has substance for Chicago Bulls’ forward Pau Gasol.

Gasol was introduced by the Bulls on Friday and admitted that the Bulls were not the highest bidder.

“Money obviously wasn’t the priority here,” said Gasol, who was introduced by the Bulls on Friday at the United Center. “I turned down bigger offers, and I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team and being in a position where I can hopefully put that team over the top with my game, as well. I felt that here, I was going to have that opportunity, and now it’s just a matter of getting to work.”-Pau Gasol, ESPN Chicago 

Gasol inked a three-year, $22 million contract with the Bulls this week.

Gasol prioritizing winning over money speaks to the veteran’s pedigree in the NBA. Gasol got a taste of winning a championship twice while with the Los Angeles Lakers and is hungry for more.

While speaking with reporters, Gasol also indicated how impressed he was when speaking with Derrick Rose.

“I talked to Derrick on the phone,” Gasol said. “I wanted to talk to him, because he’s a big part of this team, and I wanted to see how he felt physically and with having me on board. It was very encouraging for me.”-Gasol, ESPN Chicago

Gasol is a natural offensive fit with Rose. Gasol will allow Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau to effectively run the pick-and-pop scheme with Rose.

Gasol nearly averaged a double-double with the Lakers last season as he averaged 17.4 points per game with 9.7 rebounds per game.

Gasol, who recently turned 34 years old, will start the season as the Bulls’ starting power forward and is expected to be on the same minute plan that Carlos Boozer was on last season.

 

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