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Gasol has not informed the Lakers of his plan. But the Lakers are mindful that Gasol has stated he wants to play for a championship caliber team and has entertained a vast amount of interest from Miami, San Antonio, Oklahoma City, Chicago and New York. It is not currently clear which scenarios the Lakers would entertain a sign-and-trade with Gasol, who made $19.3 million last season. But in general terms, the Lakers want to ensure they receive a quality player in return, if not more, and that their contract does not compromise their financial flexibility both in length and size of the contract. Los Angeles Daily News

KC Johnson: Bulls aren't pressuring Anthony for decision. GM Gar Forman/VP John Paxson, skipping start of summer league, remain in daily contact w/ camp Twitter @KCJHoop

Taking a page from LeBron James' free-agent handbook, Carmelo Anthony is in no particular hurry to make a decision. It's a three-team race between the Knicks, Bulls and Lakers, a league source told CBSSports.com Thursday, and Anthony still has some thinking to do. CBSSports.com

A person with knowledge of Anthony's message in his free-agent meeting with Jackson said he expressed confidence in Jackson's plan to revamp the roster after next season. But Anthony's biggest concern, the person said, was avoiding a repeat in 2014-15 of the Knicks' 37-win debacle last season -- the first time in Anthony's 11 seasons that he failed to make the playoffs. Without other moves, signing Anthony would leave Jackson with only the taxpayer mid-level exception of $3.3 million and minimum deals to add quality players to the rotation. CBSSports.com

A person with knowledge of Anthony's situation confirmed reports that he still is considering the Chicago Bulls, though it's unclear where the Bulls, New York Knicks or Los Angeles Lakers are in the lead in these one-man sweepstakes. The Dallas Mavericks and Houston Rockets are considered out of the running, though Anthony is not known to have given any formal indication of that. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

A source told The Post new Knicks point guard Jose Calderon also has texted his countryman/friend Gasol several times about joining him in New York. “Pau knows Jose wants him on the team,’’ the source said. New York Post

Knicks president Phil Jackson is trying to sell Lakers free-agent power forward Pau Gasol on the proximity of the United Nations, playing with Carmelo Anthony and extending his career in the triangle offense. As Jackson awaits official word from Anthony, he’s trying to coax the 7-foot Spaniard to forget about the money and be part of the rich fabric of New York. New York Post

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