By Sean Sarcu @seansarcu on July 12, 2014
The Chicago Bulls have fallen flat on their faces in NBA free agency once again, failing to sign Carmelo Anthony. The team's back-up plan appears to be Pau Gasol, who the Bulls are presently pursuing in earnest. Here are 5 reasons why Gasol should sign with Chicago.
By all accounts, Gasol enjoys city life, and Chicago can provide this for him just like Los Angeles did. A new opportunity being in a familiar and comfortable type of setting only makes that new opportunity all the more attractive.
Of all the teams going after Gasol, only the Los Angeles Lakers could reasonably offer him more money than the Bulls. He reportedly wants to win as well as get compensated fairly, so that nixes the rebuilding Lakers and leaves Chicago as the primary favorite to land Gasol's services.
The Bulls sorely need offense, and Gasol offers this in spades. His post game would give Chicago something it hasn't had ever since Carlos Boozer inexplicably decided to abandon his. Gasol put up 17.4 points per game last season despite being hindered by constant injuries, and upon signing would immediately become Chicago's second option behind only Derrick Rose. He would likely come off the bench, but there would be no shortage of minutes.
With Gasol, Chicago would likely start Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah at the four and five. Prized prospect Nikola Mirotic would add further depth in the front court. Gasol is aging and has missed significant time due to injury in each of the last two season. The Bulls' surplus of quality big men would allow Tom Thibodeau to avoid overplaying Gasol and keep him in the best shape possible.
The biggest reason why Gasol should sign with the Bulls is that they are in a position to win right away. The Cleveland Cavaliers, the East's only undeniable contender, look a fair bit weaker than last year's Miami Heat. With Chicago, Gasol gets the combination of money and winning basketball that he can't get anywhere else.
Sean Sarcu is a Chicago Blackhawks writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.
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