So Lakers power forward Pau Gasol stands a good chance of being dealt at some point this offseason if Los Angeles decides to make moves. The Lakers would be very interested in trying to give Kobe Bryant more versatility on the perimeter, and dealing Gasol might be the best possible move to get Los Angeles back on the championship-contending path.
Sam Smith of NBA.com seemed to indicate that Gasol would be very intrigued at the possibility of playing for the Chicago Bulls. However, Gasol fervently denies that he has any interest in Chicago. Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Times has this to report.
But as far as dealing Gasol to Chicago? That sparks plenty of skepticism, considering it would probably require the Lakers to acquire Carlos Boozer, who plays inconsistent defense and has an unattractive contract worth $47 million. That's why Smith spent most of his article discussing how the Lakers and Bulls could make a deal involving Gasol and Bulls All-Star small forward Luol Deng (earning $12 million) as the deal's centerpiece.
"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."
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