While this year has been full of surprises, the offseason might just take the cake, as several well-known stars and role players are going to enter into the free agency. This, coupled along with one of the best draft classes in recent years, shows that great talent is for the taking, so long as the money is right.
Even the Chicago Bulls, considered to be one of the more financially conservative teams in the NBA whenever the time comes to pick up new talent, are expected to make several moves. Right now, there is a rumor circulating of a possible talent pickup for Chicago with Pau Gasol.
But will Gasol make a good Chicago Bull? Let’s take a look at his statistics.
Despite being in his 12th year in the league, Gasol has shown no signs of his talents fading. He is averaging 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks on 31.8 minutes per game. Impressive numbers for a two-time NBA Champion.
Since Carlos Boozer‘s termination is pretty much guaranteed at this point, the Bulls might be searching for an experienced power forward. Just think about it; doesn’t a Gasol-Taj Gibson combo sound promising? It would definitely strengthen Chicago’s frontcourt for one thing.
Despite their at-times “tense” relationship, Kobe Bryant finds it hard to say goodbye to Gasol. In a recent comment, Bryant believes there is an 8-out-of-10 chance Gasol remains with the Los Angeles Lakers for the foreseeable future. But with the way the winds are blowing, it really seems like this will be Gasol’s last year in LA.
When it comes down to it, his salary would make him a cumbersome pickup for Chicago, who are trying their best to pick up affordable new pieces. Gasol is expected to be paid $15 million for the 2014-15 season, which the Bulls would be unable to offer. But putting that aside, Gasol would not be the worst decision the Bulls can make, as Chicago needs all of the experienced forwards they can find right now. For Gasol’s sake, it would be best for him to jump ship to a championship-contending team where his talents are respected.