Gasol, Bulls Closing In On Deal
Saturday Jul 12, 2014 12:00am
(CHICAGO) – Pau Gasol is inching closer to becoming a Chicago Bull, according to the Spanish newspaper Marca and other media reports. The paper first reported late Friday that the Bulls are closing in on a deal with Gasol despite the absence of a sign-and-trade agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers. Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne late Friday that a sign-and-trade arrangement had not been struck, with the Lakers still looking for draft compensation, as they received in Friday's earlier trade with the Houston Rockets to take back the contract of Jeremy Lin, as the primary return for Gasol. ESPN.com reported earlier Friday that the Bulls and San Antonio Spurs had emerged as the two leading candidates to land Gasol, with San Antonio poised to land the Spaniard if the Bulls and Lakers could not finalize a sign-and-trade deal. Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein late Friday that the Bulls were prioritizing their pursuit of Gasol even ahead of their long-running efforts to sign Carmelo Anthony, fearing that Anthony is likely to stay with the New York Knicks.