Pau Gasol has been mentioned in trades all season, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that he is being mentioned in yet another one. According to ESPN’s Andy Katz, the Chicago Bulls are working to acquire Pau Gasol from the Los Angeles Lakers. The only issue is that the Lakers don’t want Carlos Boozer.
The Chicago Bulls are exploring avenues to acquire Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol before Thursday’s trade deadline, according to sources close to the situation.
The Bulls have long hoped to wedge themselves into the trade running for Orlando Magic star Dwight Howard, but sources told ESPN.com that Howard’s well-chronicled lack of interest in a trade to Chicago has prompted the Bulls to switch their focus to Gasol in advance of Thursday’s 3 p.m. deadline.
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.
The Lakers’ longstanding preference, of course, is acquiring a top point guard if they agree to surrender Gasol.