Although it wasn’t of the magnitude of the Lebron James chase or several other top free agents, the Pau Gasol sweepstakes was highly contested, with several of the top teams in the NBA in pursuit. In the end, he decided that Chicago was the place to be. Gasol announced his decision to go to Chicago via his Twitter account.
Gasol spent the past six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Prior to Friday, the Lakers offered Gasol two deals, according to ESPN Los Angeles’ Dave McMenamin: two years worth $23 million, and three years worth $29 million. Gasol turned down both offers, according to McMenamin’s sources.
The Bulls and Lakers previously discused a sign-and-trade deal for Gasol, but ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported there will not be a sign and trade and Gasol will instead sign outright with Chicago.
Hampered by injuries last season, including a bout of vertigo, Gasol played in 60 games and averaged a career-low 31.4 minutes per game. Despite the lessened time on the court, he still averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game for the Lakers.