Wednesday, May 30th, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  9 responses

Pau Gasol Denies Interest in Trade to the Chicago Bulls

The first wild Pau Gasol trade rumor came out this week, and the Laker big man swatted it away. Gasol is fully aware of the fact that the NBA trade rumor mill is just getting warmed up. Reports the LA Times: “Bulls.com’s Sam Smith quoted ‘Laker insiders’ who said ‘Gasol would like to play for the Bulls.’ That contradicts the endless statements Gasol has made that he’d like to remain a Laker. He reiterated that stance again Tuesday during a visit at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. ‘My position is still the same,’ Gasol said. ‘I still would love to be a part of the Lakers and continue to be here to help the team win more championships as soon as possible. It’s out of my control and it’s out of my hands, no matter what.’ [Mitch] Kupchak offered no assurances to Gasol and reporters at last week’s exit interview that Gasol will remain with the Lakers, and suggested the team might use his him as their main trading chip. [...] ‘I don’t know where that came from,’ Gasol said. ‘It’s pointless to really worry about it. I’m totally cool with it, whatever they say. The stories will appear and then disappear on something that does or doesn’t happen again. It sucks to be in that position, but it is what it is.’ Gasol has had plenty of experience handling that this season. The Lakers originally traded him to the Houston Rockets in a deal that would’ve landed them Chris Paul, but the NBA rejected the deal. Gasol spent all of training camp whether each practice marked his last day as a Laker. As the March 15 trade deadline approached, he wondered if his Lakers days were numbered. And he sounded resigned to experiencing another round of breathless reports linking him in trade possibilities. It apparently has already started. ‘There’s a lot of rumors,’ Gasol said. ‘Different rumors, all kinds of rumors. Once the [NBA] draft gets closer [on June 28], all kinds of stuff still again will come up.’”

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  • http://moontain.org Fredd

    the guy should be relieved if he’s sent to a contender …


    He would be very happy, if they actually trade him to chi … but what else should he say in public? “Yeah trade me Chi!” … He’s too polite and professional to say something like that at this moment. So … news being no surprise!

  • Tom

    I knew the rumours were nonsense right when they came out. First of all, the source came from the Bulls. Well of course the Bulls would love to have Gasol, so why not stir up some rumours and try to get the ball rolling even if there is no truth to it. Gasol is a professional and will do what he’s asked no matter where he is. It’s clear though that he is really not being used well in Mike Browns system. I think the Lakers should trade him but the Bulls have nothing useful to give them.

  • Tom

    I think the best, and most fair deal for Gasol is this: Gasol and Sessions to the Bucks for a package deal of either Jennings or Ellis and Dunleavy, Sanders/M’bah Moute and Delfino. This deal solves LA’s depth issue and gives you a great pg to play alongside Kobe. Also the Bucks get the inside presence they desperately need.

  • Joe Joe

    Might work but not gonna happen!

  • franko

    trade him to europe!

  • lakernation

    WHO IS COMING UP WITH THESE RUMORS??? we need to find and neutralize that threat….

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    Trade him back to Memphis for Z-Bo… Let him play with his bro.. I know it won’t happen, but of all the brothers we’ve seen in the NBA, they are never on the same team.. Could be interesting, especially if both are starters..

  • http://yahoo.com d’rose25

    well for is good to have gasol in the chicago bulls but in his opinion we cannot force him to play in chicago because it depends on the management if they sold that situation… i hope we could play in chicago… we will see if will happen….