HoopsHype Pau Gasol rumors

July 12, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Factor in Bulls' favor as they press to seal binding agreement w/Pau: ESPN sources say Lakers want Gasol in East if they can't have him Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

The Spanish power forward will very likely continue his career with the Bulls. Pau has virtually sealed the deal with Chicago and plans to pass the medical examination before returning to Barcelona in the coming days. Marca.com

Bulls and Lakers are finalizing a sign-and-trade deal, although Pau has rejected the first Laker offer. Marca.com

July 11, 2014 Updates

Sources told ESPN.com that Gasol is giving strong consideration to signing with defending champion San Antonio -- despite the Spurs' limited financial resources with such a deep roster -- in the event that the Bulls can't strike a sign-and-trade arrangement with the Lakers for Gasol. ESPN.com

Oklahoma City has been pursuing Gasol as hard as anyone, but sources indicated Friday that the Spurs have joined the Bulls ahead of the Thunder in Gasol's pecking order. ESPN.com

According to Parker, he’s had conversations with Gasol about joining the Spurs, and even if Gasol didn’t choose San Antonio, it wouldn’t be an issue amongst their friendship. “I’ve talked to Pau (Gasol) and I said I would love to play with him someday. Luckily, you have many options to play. Lakers are a great choice, but everyone wants to play with Pau, because it is one of the best players in the world, “he replied when asked about a possible interest in hiring the Catalan Spurs player. “If you choose not to play with us (Spurs), will continue to be my friend and dinner with a glass of good wine,” he added. ProjectSpurs.com

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