NBA Trade Rumors: Why Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls Is a Stupid Idea

Sammy SucuSenior Analyst IFebruary 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  Pao Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against Joakim Noah #13 of the Chicago Bulls 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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If the Los Angeles Lakers trade Pau Gasol to the Chicago Bulls, it would be the worst move in NBA history. 

According to, Derrick Rose approached Bulls management and said, "that he wants to play with Pau Gasol if Chicago is able to swing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for the veteran power forward."

While a trade for Gasol would definitely benefit the Bulls, it would completely cripple the Lakers. The Bulls will not be able to put pieces together that would fit the Lakers' needs. The only player that would benefit the Lakers on the Bulls is Derrick Rose, and there is no way the Bulls would trade him away for Pau Gasol. 

The Lakers should find a way to trade Pau Gasol because of his age, their preparation of life without Kobe and because their current team is not good enough to bring another championship to the their organization. Although a trade is necessary for the Lakers, the trade talks should be with Orlando, New Jersey, Minnesota and Cleveland, not Chicago. 

If the Lakers executed a trade with the Bulls, the Bulls would likely offer a package with C.J. Watson and Carlos Boozer. Even if the Bulls were to add Joakim Noah or Kyle Korver to the mix, the Lakers would not be properly compensated for arguably the best power forward in the league, Pau Gasol.

If the Lakers are serious about trading Gasol, then they should look past Chicago because they will decimate the Lakers future and present situations. 

C.J. Watson would not fix the Lakers point guard problem because his talent does not exceed any of the talent the Lakers have at the point guard position. Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer would add some depth to the Lakers front court, but both of them are injury-prone and unreliable, unlike Gasol, who always finds a way to stay healthy and effectively produce for his team. Korver would be a slight increase to Jason Kapono, but the upgrade will not be worth losing Pau Gasol. 

Unless the Los Angeles Lakers are able to pry away Derrick Rose from the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers should stay as far away as possible from a trade with the Chicago Bulls. The Lakers should look to trade Gasol for stronger depth or for another superstar at the point guard position; otherwise, the Lakers should hold onto Gasol and look to upgrade their needs without trading their All-Star power forward. 


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