Bulls Rumors: Why Pau Gasol Doesn't Fit Chicago's Puzzle

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIMarch 6, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 20:  Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after a foul during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on February 20, 2012 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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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You may remember a few weeks ago that Sheridanhoops.com broke a story saying that Derrick Rose told Bulls management he would like to play with Pau Gasol.

Since then the story has been removed because there wasn't much to back up the report.

Regardless of those reports or false rumors, I'm here to tell you that Gasol is not the missing piece to the Bulls championship puzzle.

I know fans dislike and are starting to lean towards hate when it comes to Carlos Boozer, but Gasol is not much better.

At 31 years old, Gasol is having a career-low scoring season. His 16.7 points a game is nearly two points below his career average and is only about one point better than Boozer currently.

Their career numbers are nearly a wash. Gasol has the edge in points at 18.7 a game compared to Boozer's 17.1, while Boozer holds the slight edge in rebounding at 10 per game with Gasol averaging 9.2.

In the postseason it is the same story, with both averaging about 18 points a game. Boozer actually has a larger edge in rebounding with an average close to 12, while Gasol is just under 10 per game.

Really the biggest difference between the two is that Gasol is three inches taller, but is that going to matter against the Heat?

I know everyone wants to believe that Gasol is the superior player but the numbers just don't back that up.

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
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Then when you take into account that the Bulls would have to include other pieces in any trade, and the fact that Gasol has a trade kicker in his contract, would it really be worth it?

My answer is no and I think Bulls management thinks the same. My feeling is the only player that would cause management to rip this team apart is Dwight Howard, and Gasol is not on the same level as Howard.

Gasol is a year older than Boozer, is definitely in decline and will not push the Bulls past the Heat, which is the biggest hurdle in them winning a championship.

Also, with Richard Hamilton suffering another injury, don't the Bulls have bigger issues than replacing Boozer?

If you disagree sound off below.


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