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The Chicago Bulls were one of the first teams to reportedly express interest in acquiring Pau Gasol.
With Gasol as their starting power forward, the Bulls would have a reliable No. 2 guy to pair up with Derrick Rose.
In the most ideal situation, the Bulls would love to get rid of Carlos Boozer and other pieces for Gasol.
That’s understandable because Gasol would be big upgrade over Boozer, on the offensive and defensive end.
As a member of the Utah Jazz, Carlos Boozer was a double-double machine, but his production tailed off last season when he averaged 15.0 PPG and 8.5 RPG.
Unlike Boozer, Gasol is still capable of logging in double-doubles in big minutes.
Also, Gasol’s offensive dominance over Boozer can be seen in comparing their offensive win shares—Gasol contributed 5.3 and Boozer contributed 3.3.
Many times last season, the Bulls offense was somewhat stagnant because they relied too much on Derrick Rose.
Gasol will help alleviate the situation with this skills in the post, as well as with his ability to create for teammates.
In addition to being a more reliable offensive player, Gasol could also be a better defensive presence for the Bulls than Boozer is.
Gasol allows fewer points per possession on the defensive end, and he is a significantly better post defender—according to mysynergysports.com, Gasol allowed 0.73 points per possession on the post while Boozer allowed a whopping 1.06.
With Gasol on the roster, the Chicago Bulls will be a better team.
In fact, Gasol may be able to lead them to a good record during the regular season while Derrick Rose rehabs from his ACL injury.