Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers is on the trading block. Stop me if you haven't heard that one before.
The latest team that wants him? The Chicago Bulls, who are stepping up their efforts. Now, before everyone panics and curses out Jim Buss, no, the Lakers are not interested in dealing Gasol for Carlos Boozer. It would be a lopsided trade that Chicago would win hands down. Marc Stein of ESPN has more.
Sources say that the Lakers, however, have limited interest in the players Chicago would be offering, starting with Bulls forward Carlos Boozer.
So the Bulls would have to recruit at least one more team to the discussions to have any shot at Gasol, sources said, with the Lakers known to be insistent on getting back at least one certifiable star if they consent to the trade the Spaniard. Sources say that the Lakers, furthermore, continue to talk to other teams about Gasol in advance.
It should be obvious why the Bulls want Gasol. He gives Chicago that second punch on offense they've sorely lacked. Gasol isn't anyone's idea of a lockdown defender, but paired up with players like Luol Deng, Taj Gibson and Joakim Noah, it'll hardly matter. Chicago becomes an instant title contender if they land Gasol and don't give too much up in the deal.
However, they need someone else to jump in on the deal, because the Lakers aren't willing to do this deal as currently constituted.