The Chicago Bulls are one of the teams that was mentioned heavily at the trade deadline with interest in Gasol, and that speculation is rising again.
One can’t blame Smith for postulating. The trade itself is an intriguing one, especially since it involves two of the more storied franchises in NBA history. So let’s do a bit of speculating on our own.
Let’s say the Bulls did covet Gasol. What would they have to give up to get him?
Obviously, there’d be no way that Derrick Rose’s name would even enter the conversation. Veteran wingman Luol Deng would be a possibility, along with a big man. The Lakers have wanted a point guard though, so they may want a guy like C.J. Watson as well.
The Bulls would also probably want to deal Carlos Boozer to make room for Gasol on their frontline. If so, that could kill the deal, simply because Boozer makes too much money and would be a downgrade for L.A. at the power forward spot.
Lakers management has to know that they have a really good situation down low with Gasol and Andrew Bynum. They don’t need to trade Gasol. They could try to trade Bynum for Dwight Howard or possibly even Deron Williams.
Hopefully, it they really want to get Gasol, Bulls management knows that the Lakers have other trade partners for them to compete with. At the least, they’ll need to package Deng with Watson and possibly even offer more.
Gasol would make the Bulls better, depending on what they have to give up. Deng is a steep price to pay alone, as he is one of the best small forwards in the game and very underrated. Likewise, Watson is one of the best backup point guards in the game.
What it might take for the Bulls to get Gasol is to trade Deng and Watson for him and then shop Boozer for a wing to replace Deng. Maybe they could flip him for a high draft pick or for a couple younger players on a bad team.
But either way, it is important to remember that this is all just speculation. Chicago may be actively pursuing a trade to get Gasol, but they’d never tell us for sure.