Bulls Trade Rumors: Pau Gasol Would Guarantee Chicago NBA Championship

Shawn MullerContributor IIFebruary 20, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as he looks up at the scoreboard during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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There is no question that the Chicago Bulls are one of the favorites to win the NBA championship this season, but if they want to guarantee themselves title number seven, a trade for Los Angeles Lakers All-Star forward Pau Gasol must take place.

According to Chris Sheridan of sheridanhoops.com, Derrick Rose has informed the Bulls front office that he has no problem with playing alongside Gasol if a deal can be reached between the two sides.

A source who spoke with Sheridan said, "[Rose] hasn't said so publicly, but he has made it known privately."

If such a deal is going to take place, there is no question Carlos Boozer would be heading to the Lakers from Chicago along with another player. That player would most likely be backup point guard C.J. Watson.

While Boozer has shown flashes, he isn't consistent enough on both ends of the floor to be considered indispensable.

The power forward is averaging 15.6 points, 8.4 boards and 1.8 assists per contest, but he is a liability on defense.  

Just ask Bulls fans about Boozer's defending of Chris Bosh in the Eastern Conference Finals last season. The only reason the Bulls couldn't advance to the NBA Finals was because they didn't have an answer for Chris Bosh.    

Gasol, on the other hand, is averaging 16.6 points, 10.6 rebounds and three dimes, but his toughness on the defensive end of the floor is what the Bulls need.  

Chicago isn't going to run with the Heat or the Oklahoma City Thunder. They don't have the athletes to do it.  

But they can beat those teams with tough defense.

Gasol also brings championship pedigree.

He knows how to win and he knows what it takes to make it to get to the mountain top.

This young Bulls lineup needs someone who has been there to show them what it takes to hoist the Larry O'Brien Trophy. 

Carlos Boozer and C.J. Watson have done a decent job during the past two seasons at the United Center, but they are not the type of players that are going to lead you to titles.

A guy like Pau Gasol is.

And if the Bulls ever want to reach the same heights as they did in the 1990's, the young talent needs a veteran leader.