The Chicago Bulls are proudly boasting the best record in the NBA at 35-9, but evidently they’re not content to sit back and coast into the playoffs with their current roster. After rumors yesterday linked the Bulls to Dwight Howard, here’s another potential blockbuster — they’re also pursuing a trade for Pau Gasol, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
It’s unclear, however, who the Bulls would offer in a trade package to acquire the Los Angeles Lakers’ big man. The centerpiece of any potential deal would likely be Carlos Boozer, and sources tell Stein the Lakers have “limited interest” in Chicago’s highly paid power forward. Chicago and L.A. would likely have to bring in a third team if they want to strike a deal.
The Lakers’ preference is to land an elite point guard if they deal Gasol; of course, they included the Spaniard in the three-way blockbuster with New Orleans and Houston that almost got them Chris Paul back in December.
Other teams interested in Gasol include the Houston Rockets (though they’ve staunchly refused to deal Kyle Lowry), the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.