The initial report came out of Spain. I didn't even comment on the initial post because the idea of a Spanish newspaper [which might be close to Gasol, but not Rose] commenting on Rose's demands seems like completely made up garbage. Rose won't lobby for Dwight Howard, but he's going to lobby for Pau Gasol?
Derrick Rose has let it be known to Bulls management that we wants to play with Pau Gasol if Chicago is able to swing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for the veteran power forward from Spain, a source close to Rose told SheridanHoops.com on Sunday.
The rumored trade going around the league is Boozer + Watson for Pau. The Bulls would likely need to swing a new backup PG or hope that Rose is ready to go and will remain healthy the rest of the season. If Rose is out, then playing full games with James/Lucas should scare the hell out of anyone.
Pau Gasol's productivity hasn't exactly fallen off a cliff this season, but it's taken a notable dip downwards. Is it the perpetual trade rumors, worse coaching, improved play of Bynum, hangover of knowing the team is on the way down, or simply a decline due to age?
Either way, at 19 million per season, Gasol's contract is awfully large and unlike Boozer, the Bulls could not amnesty it. The same is true of the Lakers who would be unable to get out of Boozer's deal after a swap. In other words, both teams lose financial flexibility in regards to the tax by making the swap.
The trade also all but guarantees the Bulls are in luxury tax land next season while it doesn't exactly provide the Lakers with any young prospects to replace Pau or significant financial relief. The Lakers seem far better off swapping Gasol + Bynum for Howard [which seems like a realistic possibility] or finding a different suitor all together.
I would support the Bulls trading for Gasol if this trade were on the table, but there's a mountain of red flags here that should be an indicator there's almost no chance this happens. Both teams have significant incentives to not do this deal, and I can't see why the Lakers would even consider it to be honest.