NBA: Chicago Bulls Center Pau Gasol Officially Becomes A Free Agent

Jack Windham - Author

Jun. 28 2016, Updated 4:10 p.m. ET

With free agency right around the corner, several players have announced that they will become free agents this summer. According to ESPN, Pau Gasol has officially notified the Chicago Bulls that he is declining his player option to become an unrestricted free agent. He is still playing at a high level. Several teams in the NBA will be interested in signing Gasol to their roster this summer.

The Memphis Grizzlies selected Pau Gasol with the 3rd overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. He has built up an amazing resume since joining the league. Gasol won the NBA Championship twice with the Los Angeles Lakers and was voted to the All Star game six times.

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In the summer of 2014, Pau Gasol decided to join the Chicago Bulls. He signed a three-year deal worth $22 million with the third year being a player option. Gasol signed with the Bulls in hopes of competing for another NBA Championship. He helped the Bulls get to the playoffs once in his two years with the team.

Last summer, the Chicago Bulls decided to part ways with Tom Thibodeau. Bulls management decided to go in another direction and hired former Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg. He signed a five-year deal worth $25 million.

Coming into last season, Pau Gasol and the Chicago Bulls had high hopes of making a deep playoff run. Things didn’t turn out that way for the Bulls this past season. Instead, they finished second to last in their division. The Bulls missed the NBA Playoffs for the first time in eight years.

Pau Gasol showed everyone that he still has some gas in the tank to be an effective player at his age. The All Star played in 72 games. He averaged 16.5 points, 11 rebounds, 4.1 assists, and 2 blocks per game in 31.8 minutes.


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