After two NBA championships and seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, free agent center Pau Gasol has decided to join the Chicago Bulls.
The 34-year-old big man announced the news via Twitter, saying he’s looking forward to “a new chapter.”
It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 12, 2014
According to ESPN.com, discussions between Chicago and the Lakers on a sign-and-trade deal for Gasol broke down, so the four-time All-Star will sign directly with the Bulls. However, the team doesn’t currently have salary-cap space, so it will have to make roster moves to free room to add Gasol.
The Bulls are expected to trade to make a last-minute trade of Carlos Boozer, but if not, they’ll likely release him via the amnesty provision and clear the forward’s $16.8 million off their salary cap to make room for Gasol. The deadline for such a move is Wednesday (July 16).
Gasol was being pursued by the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, and had talks with the Miami Heat and Lakers… but chose Chicago.
He averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 60 games for Los Angeles last season.