Trade Package No. 1
First of all, let’s clear the air. The Bulls won’t have a shot to retain Gasol — nor would it make sense. The front court in Chicago should be locked down for a few years with Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter.
Gasol would opt out after this season and go somewhere to try and win a championship (cough, Golden State). The Bulls, meanwhile, would have a shot at a first-round pick in 2022, barring a bottom-five finish for the Grizzlies (and some unfortunate lottery luck).
After this season, Bobby Portis is also a free agent. The Bulls couldn’t get a deal done with him prior to the beginning of this year, so the likelihood he comes back is not too high. He’s become good enough to be a starter elsewhere, and if a team offers him starter money, he’s gone.
The Bulls may want to send him off now if they can get something in return. The Grizzlies, meanwhile, could re-sign Portis and have a nice, young front court of both he and Jaren Jackson. Because the Bulls would probably end up with a first-round selection in a few years, they’d be sending a future second-round pick back to Memphis as well.