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.