In the midst of mid-season turmoil, losing 13 of their last 18 games, Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Chicago Bulls are actively looking for suiters for veteran Pau Gasol.
Gasol, 35, can opt out of his contract this summer with a player option worth $7.4 million in 2016-17. This will be in hopes of dipping his hand in the booming cap space available in the offseason.
The Bulls, while not losing hope of the season, have made it clear that they would like some assets in return for either Joakim Noah or Pau Gasol, who are both capable of leaving after this season.
Joakim Noah, though, has suffered a shoulder injury that could be season-ending, pushing teams to wait till free agency before they try to lure the two-time All-Star.
Another report, however, coming from Brian Windhorst of ESPN, has now refuted Woj’s claims, as a tweet sent out today has said that the Bulls are simply taking calls and testing the trade market, not aggressively shopping Gasol as previously believed.
Bulls have taken some calls on Pau Gasol but aren't actively shopping him, sources told ESPN
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 17, 2016
What is made clear, despite conflicting reports, is that Gasol — averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds this season– has shown that he is capable of staying healthy and productive for a championship contender.
The trade deadline is on Thursday at 2pm CT. Bulls Nation will keep you updated with any further developments.