Lakers, Bulls working on sign-and-trade for Gasol?

Rodneil Quiteles

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Big man Pau Gasol could be on his way from Los Angeles to Chicago

GASOL TO CHICAGO? If a reported deal pushes through, Pau Gasol (C) could find himself teaming up with Derrick Rose (L) and Joakin Noah (R) in the Chicago Bulls. File photo by Paul Buck/EPA 

MANILA, Philippines – Is Pau Gasol on his way to the Chicago Bulls?

Los Angeles Lakers news website Lakers Nation reported that LA is finalizing a deal with the Bulls to send the Spanish big man to Chicago.

Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski earlier reported that Gasol has turned down a two-year deal worth over $10 million with the Lakers.

This was after Los Angeles had already re-signed scorer Nick Young and big man Jordan Hill. The Lakers also secured the services of point guard Jeremy Lin in a trade with the Houston Rockets.

Other US media reported earlier in free agency period that Gasol was waiting to see if the Lakers are able to sign marquee player Carmelo Anthony.

For a brief few days, the Lakers appeared to be front-runners to get the services of the high-scoring forward, but LeBron James’ decision to return to the Cleveland Cavaliers may affect Anthony’s decision. Anthony now remains undecided on whether to re-sign with the New York Knicks, or form a one-two punch with former league MVP Derrick Rose in Chicago.

If the Gasol deal pushes through, it may be unlikely that Chicago will be able to lure Anthony out of New York given that they have less money to offer the superstar compared to the max deal already awaiting him at The Big Apple.

VC leaves Dallas for Memphis

In other deals, also affected by LeBron’s return to Cleveland, the Memphis Grizzlies have acquired the services of veteran wingman Vince Carter in a 3-year deal worth $12 million.

Carter, who was once a bonafide superstar in the league, has smoothly transitioned into a veteran leader for the Mavericks for the past 3 seasons. He has career averages of 20.2 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assists per game.

The deal was prompted by Mike Miller’s desire to join LeBron in Cleveland. The sharp-shooting Miller was part of the 2012-2013 Heat team that won the NBA championship. He has career averages of shooting 48% from the field and 46% from the 3-point line. –

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