NBA Trade Rumors 2012: Chicago Bulls Interested In Lakers' Pau Gasol

The Chicago Bulls are among the teams showing interest in acquiring Los Angeles Lakers power forward Pau Gasol, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN. Previous rumors had tied the two sides together recently, but it's unclear how serious Chicago's interest in breaking up its current roster is.


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As Broussard's source says, the Bulls are hesitant to break up one of the most impressive and cohesive rosters in the NBA, but there's also growing doubt that the team won't be able to beat the Miami Heat in the playoffs in its current form. The source says that the Bulls but are considering making one more move to try to push the team over the top.

The Bulls would give up current starting forward Carlos Boozer "in a heartbeat" to acquire Gasol, according to Broussard, but he notes that's not enough to get a deal done. He says that the Lakers would likely want All-Star forward Luol Deng in the deal, which would presumably be a deal-breaker given Chicago's admiration for Deng.

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