NBA Trade Rumors: Rose Wanting the Bulls to Do a Gasol-Boozer Swap a Great Idea

Mick AkersAnalyst IFebruary 20, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Chicago Bulls drives against Pao Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 25, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)
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According to, Derrick Rose has requested that the Chicago Bulls see what they can do about acquiring the Los Angeles Lakers' big man Pau Gasol—a speculated trade target from the Lakers all season long.

SheridanHoops reported:

Derrick Rose has let it be known to Bulls management that we wants to play with Pau Gasol if Chicago is  able to swing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for the veteran power forward from Spain, a source close to Rose told on Sunday.

The report states that Rose would like to swap second-year Bull Carlos Boozer in exchange for Gasol—a great idea in my opinion.

With Lakers star Kobe Bryant letting it be known that he wants the Lakers to trade Gasol or let everyone know he is staying put, as he feels the uncertain future of the Spanish big man is hurting the team's performance this season.

Although Boozer is playing better this season, he has been questionable in big-game situations, and was a disappointment during the Bulls' Eastern Conference Finals run last year and was the fanbase-wide scapegoat for why the Bulls couldn't reach the NBA Finals last year.

Gasol is averaging 16.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as opposed to Boozer's averages of 15.6 points and 8.4 rebounds and .5 blocks this season—down compared to Boozers stats last year of 17.5 points and 9.6 rebounds last year.

Gasol's finesse style of play would be a great complement to Bulls center Joakim Noah's more aggressive, power-based style of play.

Gasol has already won two NBA titles with the Lakers and has shown he has what it takes to come through in the playoffs—something Boozer just can't offer.

In all, if the Bulls are able to work out the trade with the Lakers, it would not only make Kobe happy that the trade gossip would be over, but the Bulls would get that piece that they were missing last season to make a solid run toward the NBA Finals this year.