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Kings Making Push For Pau Gasol

1:14pm: The Kings are really high on Snell, Jones tweets.

THURSDAY, 9:07am: Skepticism is emanating from the Bulls side about a deal getting done on this front, Amick hears (Twitter link).

WEDNESDAY, 10:40pm: The Kings are “aggressively pursuing” Bulls center Pau Gasol, tweets Chris Mannix of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. Sacramento is offering center Kosta Koufos, shooting guard Ben McLemore and “sweetener” in return.

Chicago would also send swingman Tony Snell to the Kings and would receive a relaxation of the lottery protections on the first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. The pick is currently top-10 protected, but that provision could be lowered to give Chicago a better chance of having it this year.

Wojnarowski also reports that the Kings called the Sixers today because Philadelphia has the option to swap first-rounders with Sacramento this summer. Sacramento can’t make a trade with the Bulls without an agreement with the Sixers. Philadelphia plans to seek some type of unidentified compensation for going along with the deal.

However, if the Kings and Bulls agree to change the protection on the pick, the trade automatically has to become a three-team deal with the Sixers, tweets Jake Fischer of Liberty Ballers. Fischer confirmed with the league office that a change in protection to an owned draft pick cannot legally affect another obligation (Twitter link). All teams affected by the pick in question must accept the changes as part of a trade (Twitter link).

Gasol makes nearly $7.45MM this year and has a player option for next season at nearly $7.77MM. He said in December that he is “very likely” to opt out of his current contract, and there were conflicting reports today on how badly the Bulls want to trade him before Thursday’s deadline.

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15 thoughts on “Kings Making Push For Pau Gasol

  1. I love this trade
    Not only they sign pau gasol he was a 2 year all star for us and trade him for another asset in a young player my Ben and a center to play minuets
    is a getting value back and open minuets for Bobby Portis

    • Now they should try to trade
      Derrick Rose and a draft pick
      Jahlil okafor and a player to match salary

      • zkmaniac21

        Hahah, lololol…. Not happening

  2. Steve in Chicago

    Yes take it

  3. aarongill

    Sweetener? Maybe removal of protection on the pick? Any ideas guys.

    • Steve in Chicago

      Packet of Stevia

      • Steve in Chicago

        OH sorry. Sweetener is taking Tony Snell off our hands. Or give him to philly as a ball boy, either way is good.

  4. Dana Gauruder

    Wow — Gasol on the Kings? That would be a really odd sight. I don’t know what the Kings front office wants more — to get under Karl’s skin or make the playoffs.

  5. exactly what i was saying earlier, except i had Rudy Gay going instead of McLemore

  6. Andrew

    Bulls should take almost anything, he’s leaving after this year. So if the pick protection improves or they get a 2nd rounder or 2 do it. They are not passing the Cavs this year…

  7. Oh they better take this trade before the cavs do it

  8. Los Calcetines Rojos

    I love this trade! If the pick becomes unprotected to top 6 protected I say do it

  9. Priggs89

    Great job Gar-Pax. Way to get a 2nd round pick for Kirk Hinrich instead of doing anything meaningful. This trade would have made too much sense.

    • Steve in Chicago

      That is The Chicago Way, pretend you are doing something instead of actually doing something. This is the corollary to the I Wish the Derrick Rose Rule hadn’t been approved pretending that Rose is still MVP caliber and something to build around.

      • Steve in Chicago

        Actually, they did something, a thing they always manage to do — save Reinsdorf money while raising ticket prices. The other shoe should drop as soon as they get the 8th seed in the playoffs sewn up.

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