HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

July 11, 2014 Updates

It appears that has not changed. The Lakers still want to re-sign Pau Gasol, regardless of whether the increasingly unlikely scenario Carmelo Anthony comes here plays out. But the Lakers are also open toward executing a sign-and-trade with Gasol to another team should he want to leave, according to a league source familiar with the team’s thinking. Los Angeles Daily News

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

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

July 10, 2014 Updates

Though the Bulls had yet to be told officially they're out of the Anthony sweepstakes, the New York Daily News reported Anthony will make his Knicks' announcement Thursday. That would intensify the Bulls' pursuit of Gasol, and league sources indicated the Bulls hope to pursue sign-and-trade options with the Lakers for him involving Carlos Boozer's expiring salary. Chicago Tribune

July 9, 2014 Updates

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.