HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

September 17, 2014 Updates

Pau will give you endless options on the offensive end. What do you like about him defensively? Tom Thibodeau: I love his length, shot-blocking, rebounding, his intelligence... Pau helps the team in so many different ways. He makes other people lot better. Offensively, defensively... We're going to be very long up front. We have Pau, Joakim [Noah], Taj Gibson, [Nikola] Mirotic... So we're going to have good size up front. We have great versatility, lots of combinations... We can play Taj and Pau, we can play Taj and Joakim, Mirotic and Pau... There's a lot of versatility to our frontline and quality depth, which I think it's important. HoopsHype

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Gobert clearly listened. From a second-quarter dunk on Pau Gasol to almost flawless post play to helping hold two All-Star big men in check, Gobert was everywhere he needed to be. His 13 rebounds were only one fewer than the brothers Gasol and the ineffective Serge Ibaka combined, and a key factor in a 50-28 advantage on the boards. The young big man's single block of the night, on a Pau Gasol attempt, preempted France's closing 10-0 burst. "I knew everybody was expecting me to help the team," said Gobert, who averaged 2.3 points and 3.4 for the Utah Jazz last season amid two stints in the D-League. "Everybody knew I could stop them. That was just my mission. Everyone else played great offensively. I just had to stop Pau. He's one of the best players in the world and if you stop him, they're not as strong." ESPN.com

September 5, 2014 Updates

"I don't pay attention to Spain," U.S. forward Kenneth Faried said this week. But those who do see a team that easily handled medal contender Brazil and European champion France in the first round, with chemistry from playing years together and an international stalwart in Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol, the MVP of Spain's 2006 world title run who is having another strong tournament. "Spain is a very, very good team. They're very good," said Ukraine coach Mike Fratello, whose team lost to the U.S. on Thursday. "They're big, they've played together for so long, the majority of the team, and they do things that you have to do. They pass well, they're skilled. To play the U.S. you have to be skilled, otherwise you have too many turnovers from not being able to pass and catch. Small things. They don't do that. USA Today Sports

September 4, 2014 Updates

Twitter veteran Pau Gasol alone has collected more followers than 20 of the World Cup teams put together. The new Bulls forward is the most popular World Cup player on Twitter, followed by Rockets guard James Harden and former MVP Derrick Rose. Real Madrid swingman Rudy Fernandez is the lone non-NBA player in the Top 15. HoopsHype

August 13, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers will square off against former teammate Pau Gasol and the revamped Chicago Bulls on Christmas Day next season, according to multiple league sources. It will be the Lakers' 16th straight Christmas Day game, dating back to 1999, but the first they've played on the road since going to Miami to play Shaquille O'Neal and the Heat in 2006. ESPN.com

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Serena Winters: Yesterday, Magic said he had a long conversation w/ Pau Gasol before he ultimately made his decision to continue career in Chicago. Magic Johnson: "He (Pau) was really hurt by the way he was treated." Specifically how he was mis-used last year, "He could never get over that." Twitter

Whether ­Derrick Rose will make Team USA no longer is in question. Considering the damage he has inflicted on opposing guards ­during the first three days of tryouts, it’s more about when it will be made official. Rose all but did on Wednesday. Well, kind of. In discussing new Bulls teammate Pau Gasol, who was signed as a free agent earlier in the month, Rose mistakenly said, “I talked to [Gasol] before he signed and he said when we get to Spain [for next month’s FIBA Cup] that we’ll probably get something to eat, so I’ll probably catch up with him, get dinner or something.’’ Call it Rose already knowing something or just having flat-out confidence in his ability. Chicago Sun-Times

July 30, 2014 Updates

Meanwhile, Magic Johnson also said he tried to convince Carmelo Anthony to leave the New York Knicks in an hourlong phone conversation. Johnson noted that he spoke at length with Pau Gasol, who chose to leave for the Chicago Bulls instead of staying with the Lakers. "We had a great conversation but I think the way he was treated last season, kind of hurt him," said Johnson. "Here's a guy 18 [points] and 10 [rebounds], shooting over 50% and you want to bench him? You want to mess with this guy? He could never get over that." Los Angeles Times

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Four players – three of them future Hall of Famers – took pay cuts of a staggering eight figures this offseason. Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol and Paul Pierce all took salary slashes of more than $10 million to extend their careers with contending teams. They head the list of the top 10 individual pay cuts this summer. Our list uses exact salary figures from last season. In some cases, this season’s figures are averages of multi-year deals received by players. For example, Ben Gordon signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Orlando Magic. But until we receive exact figures sometime next month, we are assigning Gordon an annual average salary. SheridanHoops

July 23, 2014 Updates

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