HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors


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No free agent had ever received the amount of attention the Thunder gave Gasol. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and Scott Brooks all met with Gasol in Los Angeles last July in an attempt to recruit him to Oklahoma City. The two-time champion and now five-time All-Star ultimately chose Chicago, signing a three-year deal worth approximately $22 million. “At some point I had to make a decision on where I thought I would fit better as a basketball player,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “And I think so far it’s been proven that I made a pretty good choice.” Oklahoman

In a documentary produced by HBO Sports last fall, Durant said a city’s culture was a heavy influencer in Gasol’s decision. “He was more concerned about the city,” Durant said of Gasol in the documentary. “He’s into, like orchestras and plays.” Gasol refuted that theory and said it was about basketball. “No. To me, it was where I would fit best on the court,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “I’m sure there are musicals and theaters in Oklahoma as well. That wasn’t a difference-maker for me at all. But I do appreciate music and culture. But that was not a difference-maker for my decision. I appreciated every team that showed interest,” Gasol said. “And Oklahoma, the Thunder were a team that I highly considered. They were a great option for me as well. But I had to make a tough, tough choice. I was thankful for their interest, for Sam Presti, Scott Brooks, Russell, KD, they all really showed their desire to have me on board. So I’m always going to be appreciative of that.” Oklahoman

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You knew the Bulls were onto something last summer when they were pursuing Pau Gasol. It’s one thing the Knicks and Rockets wanted Carmelo Anthony. The Spurs and Thunder wanted Gasol, and those are two organizations that understand basketball talent. “It was a close call, tough call for me, a tough decision to make,” said Gasol about last summer as the Bulls Sunday come into San Antonio for the noon (feels like 6 a.m. given it’s Daylight Savings) Sunday national ABC game. “I had great options as you guys know. But I made up my mind. I felt this (Bulls) was going to be the best scenario, the best situation for me for the next couple of years. That’s what I chose. It was Oklahoma City, San Antonio and Chicago the front runners.” NBA.com

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“It (the Bulls injuries) puts guys in position where they have to step up,” Gasol added. “Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it doesn’t, right? So I guess those guys who usually don’t get those minutes and opportunities, so far I think it’s been going well. We have a tough schedule, four games in five nights against pretty good teams. So the schedule is not going to make things easier, but as long as we fight and compete the way we have we have a chance to win.” So as Gasol was wrapping up with reporters, he was reminded that fourth game Monday is against the Grizzlies and “that extraordinary center.” “You mean Koufus,” Gasol said with a laugh. NBA.com

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There are many big names in the fantasy basketball pool tonight. However, Oklahoma City Thunder SF Kevin Durant ($9,300 FantasyScore salary; 18.6% of your cap) didn't look healthy Thursday, and Charlotte defends the position well. Thunder PG Russell Westbrook ($9,000; 18.0%) continues to be a must-start. Houston Rockets SG James Harden ($9,300; 18.6%) has a decent matchup against a Toronto Raptors team that has struggled in two of its last five games. Chicago Bulls PF Pau Gasol ($8,200; 16.4%) has a so-so matchup against Phoenix. New Orleans Pelicans PF Anthony Davis ($9,400; 18.8%) is coming off a disappointing 30.3-point effort on FantasyScore Friday, but he faces the reeling Miami Heat. As usual, undervalued players will be critical to allotting space for all the available studs. HoopsHype

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Pau Gasol: Good luck @Victor Claver on your new chapter with the #Nuggets! I hope you get an opportunity to play consistently on your new team! Twitter @paugasol

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My momentum was stolen. I was behind and my confidence and pride took a major hit. It turned out LeBron's name-tag was placed on the final chair. I exited the herd defeated, though I played it off like I had an important phone call. I did end up getting a nice spot at LeBron's setting, but it was nothing like the lovely location that I had worked so hard for. At the end of the day, I learned two valuable things: Gasol is bigger than LeBron in certain parts of the world and the other thing I learned is that the old saying about "if you assume" is true. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Pau and Marc Gasol made history by becoming the first brothers to start in the same All-Star Game. Pau, the 34-year-old who’s four years Marc’s elder, won the opening tipoff, but that was irrelevant to him. “The emotional moment was just the jump against your brother,” Pau said. New York Daily News

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