“It hasn’t been easy,” Gasol announced Saturday on Twitter. “After meditating it a lot I’ve chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career.”
He turned down more money with Los Angeles (two years and 23 million, as well as three years and 29 million) to contend for a ring, something the Lakers don’t have a serious chance at for the immediate future. Lakers management got greedy asking for too much in a sign and trade and Gasol ended up just signing with the Bulls as a free agent. Gasol spent 6 1/4 seasons with the Lakers and helped Kobe Bryant add two more NBA titles to his collection of rings.
Gasol was acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies on February 1, 2008 for Aaron McKie, Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittendon,the rights to Marc Gasol and 1st round draft picks in 2008 and 2010. Gasol wasn’t a superstar, but he was a very good player and gave Kobe the steady and reliable big man he needed to add to his ring collection. Gasol was a natural fit in the Triangle as a steady scorer, excellent passer and a rebounding big.
However, his offense suffered in the 2011, 2012 and 2013 postseasons leading to speculation that he is no longer the same player he used to be. While he may no longer be All-Star material, he is still a solid player and should be a good addition for Chicago. He’s never been a great one-on-one defender, but he’s always been a good help defender and should be just fine in the Bulls defensive system.
Thanks for the memories, Pau.
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