HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

July 18, 2014 Updates
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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