NBA trade rumors 2016 latest news: Chicago Bulls’ Pau Gasol being traded to Sacramento Kings, update
If reports are to be believed, the Chicago Bulls seem to have finalized a deal with Sacramento Kings to dispatch Pau Gasol to the Kings. This has been reported by The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Chris Mannix.
The 35-year old 7-feet Gasol is not just a huge player he is also one of the best players who is going to shift his base this year. Now as things are becoming clear there are reasons to believe that Pau Gosal is leaving for Sacramento Kings.
The Spanish player has the distinction of the being six-time NBA All-Star, and a four-time All-NBA selection, twice on the second team and twice on the third team. He has won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the NBA Rookie of the Year in 2002 with the Memphis Grizzlies, one of only two non-American NBA players to win that award. He is the older brother of fellow NBA player Marc Gasol.
If rumors are to be believed his current team is shopping Gasol before the trade deadline on Thursday in order to get value for the 35-year-old before he becomes a free agent in the offseason. The discussion that has “lingered” between Chicago and Sacramento is centered on a deal that would see Gasol and swingman Tony Snell shipped to the Kings in exchange for big man Kosta Koufos, guard Ben McLemore and “a lowering of the lottery protections on the 2016 first-round pick that Sacramento owes the Bulls.”
Now there are reports that the Spanish player is going to be a rental if he’s traded. The big man is expected to decline the $7.7 million player option on his deal for 2016-17 in order to hit free agency and take advantage of the increased salary cap. He comes with a huge premium and many people are wondering why Sacramento will go for him. An SBNation report says, â€œSacramento’s ownership, which has never avoided meddling in the team’s basketball decision-making, apparently wants to make the playoffs. After acquiring veterans like Rajon Rondo, Rudy Gay and Darren Collison, along with an experienced coach in Karl, this was supposed to be a winning season for the Kings. Instead, the team is 10th in the West with a 22-31 record and 4.5 games behind Utah for the final playoff spotâ€.