Jan 20, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) dribbles the ball against Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) during the first half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Free Agency: Chicago Bulls, Pau Gasol Agree To Deal

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According to multiple reports, the Chicago Bulls and Pau Gasol have virtuously agreed to a deal. Marca.com was the first to report that a sign and trade deal for Gasol was essentially a done deal.

Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski later confirmed it, via Twitter.

Gasol was reportedly been guaranteed a spot in the Bulls starting five if he signed with the team, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

[Chicago Sun-Times]

That’s why the meeting with free agent Pau Gasol on Thursday in Los Angeles was so important to the Bulls brass. If Anthony does forfeit his integrity from earlier interviews this season when he said it wasn’t about the money and does grab the check from the Knicks, the Bulls still feel they will be well positioned in the Eastern Conference with the additions of Gasol, Mirotic and rookie draft pick Doug McDermott.

A source did say that in the talks with Gasol, the veteran was told that there would be a starting job for him with the Bulls. That would mean that Taj Gibson can remain a Sixth Man of the Year candidate for another season, coming off the bench.

The Bulls agreeing with Gasol doesn’t entirely take them out of the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes, but it doesn’t help their odds much (in terms of affording him). Chicago could probably still work a sign and trade for Melo, but won’t likely be able to sign him outright.


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