HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

July 25, 2014 Updates
July 24, 2014 Updates

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
July 19, 2014 Updates

But before he could totally turn the page, Gasol reflected on what it was like to bid farewell to one certain former Lakers teammate: Kobe Bryant. "It was difficult," Gasol told reporters when asked about informing Bryant of his decision to sign with the Bulls. "We have a close friendship. We've been through a lot together, and I'm sure I will miss him. But we talked to each other and our relationship goes beyond basketball and we'll always have a friendship. "It was difficult to talk to him, but he was very supportive and he understood. He just said I had to do what was best for me and what felt right for me and he was going to support me no matter what. That's what friends and brothers do, and that's what we are." ESPN.com

July 18, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls announced today the team has signed free agent forward/center Pau Gasol. In accordance with team policy, terms of the contract were not announced. "We are really excited to add such a versatile player to our roster who has been both an All-Star and an NBA Champion,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “Pau is a skilled player with a high basketball IQ and is a true pro and a proven winner.” NBA.com

July 17, 2014 Updates

The Chicago Bulls will introduce free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic on Friday, July 18. Gar Forman, Chicago Bulls General Manager, and Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls Head Coach, will both be on hand. Mirotic will be introduced first at 11:30 a.m. CT, while the press conference for Gasol is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. CT. BullsTV will provide streaming video of both press conferences live on Bulls.com. NBA.com

Did Kobe call you? Gasol: We were in touch during all those days. Then, when I made the decision, I called him. Q. How did he react? Gasol: He was sad. We're true friends. But he understood that it was a difficult decision and he told me he would always support me. We have a relationship that goes beyond basketball. Our friendship is forever. He told me he will always be there and I will always be there for him, of course. Marca.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

Recent free agent Pau Gasol says signing for the Bulls over NBA champion San Antonio or Oklahoma City came down to a gut decision. Gasol says on Tuesday that after speaking with Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, “instinct told me to pick Chicago.” Chicago Sun-Times

July 14, 2014 Updates
July 13, 2014 Updates

As for Anthony, league sources said he delayed his decision because he understood how strong the fit was for him in Chicago basketball-wise. He also connected with the organization during his in-person Chicago visit on July 1, particularly at a dinner with Gibson, Joakim Noah, Scottie Pippen and team Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, among others. Signing him with cap space means the Bulls will have to get creative to add Mirotic and address perimeter depth. An amnesty of Boozer gives the Bulls roughly $10.3 million of space, much of that earmarked for Gasol. Chicago Tribune

Pau Gasol: 12-07-14. After much deliberation and soul searching, I’ve decided to join the Chicago Bulls. I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of such a storied franchise and play with a contending team in front of some of the most passionate fans in sports. Although the future is bright for me in Chicago, deciding not to return to Los Angeles was an extremely difficult decision. In my seven seasons with the Lakers, we made three trips to the NBA Finals and won two NBA Championships. I am thankful that I was able to play with one of the greatest NBA players, Kobe Bryant, alongside many other great teammates, and for one of the greatest coaches, Phil Jackson and his coaching staff. I‘m also grateful to have played for one of the best owners in all of sports - the Buss family. However, I realize that the Lakers are in a rebuilding process. I have no doubt the Lakers will be a top contender in the future. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ timetable does not align with mine. I wish the Lakers and its fans nothing but the best going forward. paugasol.com

July 12, 2014 Updates

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