Pau Gasol reportedly wants to play in Chicago, hates Kobe Bryant

‘Tis the season for NBA trade rumors so expect them to come hot and heavy. And you can also expect us to keep you up to date on each and every one of them.

This particular rumor comes from Bulls reporter Sam Smith. Smith reports two nuggets that caught our eye. This first was that Pau Gasol wants to play in Chicago. And the second was that Gasol and Kobe Bryant apparently hate each other.


Smith sets this whole thing up by floating the idea that Luol Deng may be a piece that the Lakers could be interested in.

There will be plenty of speculation and rumors beginning soon, so I’ll ponder some possibilities as well. And I wonder about Pau Gasol. I happened to be talking to former Bull Chet Walker the other day. He lives in Los Angeles and watches the Lakers the most. We were talking about where they go from here and he talked about how they need a small forward who can rebound, run the court, defend, make some shots, take some pressure off Kobe. It sounded a lot like Chet Walker, though maybe 40 years ago. And also sounded a lot like Luol Deng today.

Luol Deng as a piece that could help the Lakers? We can go along with that.

From there Smith ponders whether the Bulls should just use next season as throw away season and play for the lottery. But then he turns his attention to Gasol.

So here’s one possibility as I’m a fan of Gasol’s and believe his value now is as low as it ever will be given averaging 12 points on 44 percent shooting against the Thunder in the five-game loss (Andrew Bynum was right that closeouts are easy) and how badly he was used as a third and fourth perimeter option this season. Gasol averaged a career low 17.4 points per game this season even barely ever being allowed to play inside with Bynum healthy.

The interesting part, according to Lakers’ insiders, is Gasol would like to play for the Bulls. And what you hardly need any sources for is to see how he and Bryant basically can’t stand one another. It was no secret around L.A. what all those post series comments were about. “We got to be committed to each other,” said Ron Artest. “This year we wasn’t as committed collectively, and that hurt us a lot.” Said Bynum: “We just weren’t doing it together.”

That was because Bryant and Gasol were constantly at odds. And that came out several times in the playoffs with the two frequently arguing on the court and Bryant again questioning Gasol’s heart.

Now, this part is fairly obvious. Gasol and Kobe just have too very different personalities so they clash all the time. The question is though; can Gasol still be at a level to help the Bulls once Derrick Rose is healthy in 2013-2014?

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  1. JeromeMJ says:

    Kobe the ‘Brown Chipmonk’ has done it again. He is the most devisive player to have played in the NBA for a long time. Some players call hime ‘The Black Hole’ becuase when you pass to Kobe it dissapears like into a black hole in space. It is also no secret that he has approached some of the bigger players in the locker room to service him.

    And the NBA and sportscasters love the worst pressure shooter (by statistics of shooting in the last 5 minutes of a game) in NBA history. How do you compare a 13% last quarter shooter with Michael Jordan who shot 50%? Ill prepared sportscaster who are in David Stearn’s pocket?

    • Get over yourself guy. The black hole?? Really?? The man has 5 rings. Have some respect. He and the team must have been doing something right… If he trusted his teammates more, they would get the ball more. Gasol posts up at the 3pt line because he is too much of a weak body to bang. Bynum does not give a damn if the team wins or loses, or where he plays for that matter. Who is he supposed to pass to?

      For one, you made up those damn stats. Next time cite your material before you run your mouth.

    • robert gavin says:

      you a kobe hatter! black hole? why is that he is consider to be ball hog, but only won the scoring tittle once, how is it his assist go up every year? how come nobody give him his “props” for playing his game? lbj wins the mvp every year but not the championship! the only teams that been wining are sanatonio and la lakers kobe is doing something white america dont want, another person to be better than jordan! he has become great, every player his age, thats in the nba have not accomplish what he has. been with one team, dont need another star to win the big one. and if you go look at the lakers all time stats you will see a lot of kobe.. he is nearing his time, so instead of bashing kobe give him his respect!

      • Marty Smith says:

        Don’t need another star to win the big one…you lost it there.

      • robert gavin. that’s just racist. How can you group together “white america” as one similarly-thinking entitiy. And what the hell? Both MJ and Kobe are black. Tell me why liking one over the other would be more desirous to this so-called white america agenda?

        It’s 2012 man. You cannot speak in such racial absolutes anymore.

  2. ScotFree says:

    Efff Pow Glasol!.. And that’s not a typo! Punk ass excuse of a champion! Beat it.. Good riddance! Him and the under-achieving, lazy, weak character, clown ass Bynum! Totally disgusted with how those two represented for the past (3) seasons.. yes, (three).. These two chumps have no bit of warrior in them! (kb24 carried these two liabilities for far too long)

    This bird face Spaniard must have bumped his head! And the nerve to have this aired out nOw, even if it’s only a rumor! Please.. leave! ASAP! – Trust, you are going to get a thunderous standing ovation when you depart! Seriously!

    To see the way these two 7 foot non-factors have totally disappeared from the regular season into the playoffs is the TRUE story.. That’s why the Great Phil Jackson punched his weak hearted ass in the chest last year.. because you are a SHOOK One! Face it!

    Of course you’re gonna clash with a strong willed winner! Pissed me of just reading this crap!

  3. When Kobe was younger and he could back up his stubborn ball-hogging attitude by taking over and closing a game out, he was worth putting up with.

    That Kobe is gone, and the only thing standing between him and a sixth ring is himself, not passing the ball.

    He’s why neither Bynum or Gasol want to stay in LA, and why would they.

    But without one or two bigs and without passing the ball, Kobe will never even see a conference final again.

  4. The Bulls need Deng more than they need Gasol. for the bonehead writer, get a clue

  5. I’ve been watching B-Ball for years. A great leader gets everyone involved. Kobe is a ball hog and not much of a team player. Everything’s all about him. The offense all about him and players not being fully utilized to their strengths. Kobe has NEVER single-highhandedly won anything. He doesn’t play all by himself against five other players so this pathetic nonsense that he has won this and that needs to end. Just like it is boring and uninteresting to be around someone that talks about themselves all of the time, it is really boring and hard to stay focused on someone that is a ball hog and only worries about his self and his numbers. If Kobe wants to be a great leader, he needs to get everyone involved and earn some respect. After all, he will never win anything by himself.

    • That’s so dumb!
      You can’t win on your own, you gotta have a team.
      Jordan may had scored all the points etc but he had a team.
      Kobe is a good player not a ball hog, he gets assist.
      No one never saids that about carmelo who average 4 ast as a career and kevin durant who leads the nba in scoring and barely pass also. And neither one of them got a ring and kobe has 5 rings!
      Even jordan average about 6 or 7 ast and manage a lot of points but still won 6 championships. Kobe adverage about 5 or 6 ast and has 5 rings. Melo adverage 4 and has no rings and even tho durant is young he adverage 3 to 4 ast and has no rings either. So they are the real ball hogs who have to have the ball in there hand constantly

  6. Bummble says:

    Were does anyone read in that Bryant and Gasol our at odds ? They were great pals when Pau came to La and the went to three straight NBA finals. Know the Lakers management got them selves in a mess buy paying loser like Metta and Blake top dollar. Get serious this mess is on Jim Buss. He wants to be the big dog , he got them them in to this had is responsibility to get them out.

    I personally think he does have the smarts for the job. The Laker roster will look different next year but two things for sure will not be there any Bull players or Gasol . The Bulls joked once Rose went down and he is due a big payday, That what they should be worried about ,

    Bummble

  7. Jackson says:

    It makes no sense for the Chicago Bulls to trade Luol Deng (All-Star SF) for Pau Gasol. Even if the Bulls didn’t already have Carlos Boozer and Taj Gibson to play the same position Gasol would, the trade would not make them better. Any person who really follows the Bulls knows that Luol Deng’s value goes beyond his production on the court. His defense and leadership are attributes that the Bulls can’t part with for Pau Gasol who has a higher salary and less years left in his playing career. After Derrick Rose I as a Bulls fan don’t believe there is a player on the team who should be more off-limits for a trade than Deng. I am troubled by the fact that this story comes from Sam Smith, who covers the Chicago Bulls. I feel as if people are in panic mode because of the uncertainty of if and when Rose will return to his pre-ACL tear level of play. I don’t understand how trading away the pieces that many, including myself believe were good enough to win the championship this year if not for the injury to Rose. I hope this Gasol for Deng trade rumors are based on pure speculation and not fact. Who would replace Deng at SF? Jimmy Butler? I like Butler, but he is young, and he may play a larger role for the team in the future, but right now that position belongs to Luol Deng. As it should.

  8. Rodrigo Fragoso says:

    Please !!! Let Lakers decide what to do.
    Please !!! Leave Kobe and Gasol alone , they are friends.
    Stop talk about Lakers , we have the best roster we need a PG only…. LAKERS FOREVER!!!!!

    • YOU MIGHT HAVE SOMETHING A FEW TWEAKS MAYBE ALL WE NEED A POSSIBLE MOTIVATED LAMAR ODOM RETURN RESIGN JORDAN HILL ..A LEGITIMATE POINT AND A LEGITIMATE BENCH .POSSIBLY PICK UP CHAUNCEY OR A ANDRE MILLER IF WE GET A CRAFTY POINT UPGRADE OUR BENCH UPGRADE OUR BENCH AND MIKE BROWN COACH TO YOUR TEAMS STRENGTHS WOULD LOVE TO SEE US SWING A TRADE FOR IGGY PICK UP LOU WILLIAMS FOR GASOL MOVE JORDAN HILL TO THE 4 SPOT OR SIGN LIKE EVANS FOR THE CLIPPERS MARTIN ETC

  9. Lakers need change to their roster, and have to realize that Kobe only has 2years max left in the game! Lakers need to get younger, faster, and develope a team chemistry with great heart for the game! They should be a defensive/ offensive team that pushes the ball and controls the game! Jim Buss must get r

  10. id of Mike Brown and pursue Brian Shaw to create an offense that knows his offensive strengths and maximize his matchups. The Lakers stand around too much on offense, and deplete their offensive game by wasting time on shot clock, and forcing bad shots! Their opponents use the shot clock as another defender, this is a self inflicted liability for them!

    • LOSING BRIAN SHAW WAS A HUGE MISTAKE .MIKE BROWN IS NOT CREATIVE ENOUGH AND I DONT THINK CAN HANDLE THE LA CIRCUS THAT COMES WITH BEING COACH OF THE LAKERS BRYAN SHAW HAS 5 REASONS TO PROVE HE CAN 5 RINGS BABY 3 AS A PLAYER AND TWO AS A COACH AND HE WAS GROOMED BY THE GREAT PHIL JACKSON ENOUGH SAID ..

  11. There are maybe 2 or 3 players over the years that love the game and want to win and play as much as Kobe, he IS basketball, and if that means taking the shots, he can’t help himself, he will do it. If he can’t rely on the rest of the players to hustle and want it as bad as he does, what else can he do? He sure could use a Pippen or Rodman, but he doesn’t have them, so he tries to do it all himself, and anyone who faults him for that is just stupid. Play on Kobe, there are loads of us behind you.

  12. Dennis Bowen says:

    Really Paul Gasol for Deng are you serious!!!!. Paul Gasol is needed in Chicago like another case of the swine flu…. Being from Chicago and a die hard Bulls fan. I would Rather see prohibition come back…. Please Sam Smith get a clue or at the least some Prozac and calm yourself down. There is absolutely no member of the Lakers team that I would want to see in Chicago period. I have more heart than Paul Gasol and I don’t even play basketball anymore :-)

  13. Bee Gee says:

    If there was ever a perfect fit, it would be Gasol for Iguodala. Iggy doesn’t need the ball, and can actually run the point from the SF position. He would take alot off the plate of Kobe Bryant. Gasol would fill a huge need, especially if the Sixers use Brand with their amnesty write off. Since the salaries don’t match, the Sixers would need to throw in another player, perhaps Lou Williams. However, Williams has an opt out clause, and all indications are he may use that now. But if he doesn’t, expect this deal to go down. Sixers may also want a pick to off-set the loss of Williams’ roster spot.

  14. joe hammer says:

    Kobe was a turnover machine in 2 losses but threw his team under the bus instead of admitting me the great mamba lost this series that ended our season/

  15. mykell2 says:

    KOBE HATERS!!!!!!!!!! 5 RINGS DO MEAN SOMETHING…..UNLESSS YOU DON’T HAVE ANY LOL LOL LOL!!!! GO LAKES! PLEASE GO GASOL!

    PS. ITS 72 DEGREES OUTSIDE….THAT’S LA BABY…THAT L.A.!!!!!!!

  16. kOBES A BEAST STOP IT HATERZ ..99PER OF ANYBODY WHO HAS EVER BALLED CAN TRULY ADMIRE KOBE SKILLS .THE LAKERS WILL WIN AND CONTINUE TO WIN.I LOVE GASOL BUT HE IS WAY TO SOFT IN SOME OF THE BIGGEST GAMES OF HIS CAREER IN LA AND MEMPHIS.BYNUM HEAD IS NOT ALWAYS IN EVERY GAME .WHO KNOWS WHY…SO YES THIS IS GOING TO PISSS OFF ONE OF THE GREATEST AND MOST COMPETIVE ATHLETES IN SPORTS IM A SUPER COMPETIVE ATHLETE MYSELF AND LOSING IS UNACCEPTABLE I NEVER PLAY ANYTHING TO LOSE .SOMETIMES YOU LOSE BUT IT SHOULDNT BE FOR LACK OF EFFORT OR FEAR..AND IN LA WE PLAY FOR THE RINGS BABY DAMN WHAT YOU TALKING ABOUT HATERZ KEEP HATING IF THAT WHAT MAKES YOU REST BETTER AT NIGHT LA ALL DAY

  17. Kobe is an arrogant person. He talks about people who he thinks are not worth a d–. He is a good player but who wouldn’t be good shooting 70 shots a game and making just half.

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