Pau Gasol seems like a likely candidate to be traded by the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Gasol has started to decline. Also, as noted by ESPNLA, Gasol and Kobe Bryant aren't getting along. The Chicago Bulls figure to be a strong candidate to acquire Gasol, according to Sam Smith of Bulls.com.
Smith, a longtime Bulls beat writer and a wise observer of the trade rumor mill, makes a couple of strong points about this possibility. First, he points out that when Kobe Bryant was rumored to be traded to the Bulls, Bryant wanted to end up playing with Luol Deng if the trade were to happen.
Second, Smith notes that the Bulls may have gone as far as they could with the current core group of Deng, Derrick Rose, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah.
To make a deal for Gasol, the Bulls would need some help from a third team, unless they package Boozer ($15 million due in 2012-13) and a player with a small salary. Since the Bulls and Lakers are well above the luxury tax threshold, neither team can more than take on 25 percent and $100,000 in a deal.
While the Bulls could add Richard Hamilton's salary ($5 million) to a deal involving Deng or Boozer, the Lakers might demand someone who could contribute more than Hamilton.
Following are a few teams that could assist the Bulls in making a deal for Gasol.