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Pau Gasol close to joining Bulls: report

 Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16) Spagoes up for shot against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13) during third quarter

Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, goes up for a shot against Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah (13), during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. Chicago won 102-100, in overtime. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

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Updated: July 12, 2014 10:18AM



Lakers free-agent forward Pau Gasol is close to a deal with the Bulls, according to Spanish national daily newspaper Marca.

Details of how the Bulls are acquiring Gasol aren’t clear, but the newspaper reported that the deal was dependent on a sign-and-trade.

However, Yahoo Sports reported that the deal is a signing, not a sign-and-trade.

The Bulls have made Carlos Boozer and his expiring contract available in trade talks, but the Lakers reportedly have been reluctant to accept Boozer unless they also acquire a younger player.

A Gasol deal likely means that free-agent forward Carmelo Anthony is returning to the Knicks.

Gasol has spent the last six-plus seasons with the Lakers, who offered him two deals, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com: two years worth $23 million and three years worth $29 million. Gasol turned down both offers.

Gasol, 34, also was being pursued by the Spurs and Thunder.

In 905 career NBA games over 14 seasons, Gasol has averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds.



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