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Chicago Bulls Trade Rumors: Why Pau Gasol Isn't Answer Bulls Are Looking for

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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistMarch 12, 2012

The NBA trade deadline is a few days away so the rumor mill is going into overdrive. One of the biggest names possibly on the move is Pau Gasol.

Going back to February, Derrick Rose reportedly wanted the Chicago Bulls to swap Gasol for Carlos Boozer. This would be a mistake for the Bulls' management.

Los Angeles is very antsy to move the Spaniard to another team. They tried in the offseason in the Chris Paul trade before that was vetoed by the league.

It's doubtful that Gasol will remain a Laker after the trade deadline has passed.

The Bulls need to stand pat when it comes to the power forward. While they're not the perfect team, the Bulls don't need to make a major move.

Chicago already has the best record in the NBA, so a major trade like this could really disrupt everything they have done up to this point and the chemistry they have created.

Admittedly, Boozer has a massive contract. He's only two years into his five-year, $75 million deal. Boozer will make $15 million in each of the next two seasons, then almost $17 million in 2014-15. He's got a history of injuries, too.

For all the money he has made and is set to make, Boozer is probably not worth it.

Gasol, though, is a year older and he is going to be due about $38 million over the next two years.

With the NBA really trying to crack down on the salary cap, it's important for a team to try and save as much money as possible.

Boozer is still a productive option for the Bulls, too. He's averaging 15.6 points and 8.1 rebounds a game and has a PER of 19.56, second on the team.

Gasol is having a better year, but power forward isn't exactly the Bulls' weakness. Plus, it doesn't make much sense to pay an extra $2 million a year for the kind of slight improvement that Gasol might offer over Boozer.

Looking down the road, Gasol doesn't offer much resale value either, unless the Bulls were to turn him around very quickly.

Teams aren't going to be any more eager to trade for Gasol in a couple years than they would be to trade for Boozer.

In addition, the Bulls might be better served by trying to go after a shooting guard in place of Richard Hamilton.

The 34-year-old still has something to offer, but he's going to be out for about a month with a shoulder injury. Even with Hamilton healthy, Chicago would be better served by finding a replacement, should the team want to make a move.

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