FILE - JULY 12, 2014: Pau Gasol has announced on Twitter that he will join the Chicago Bulls after six seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers July 12, 2014. PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 15: Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 15, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 121-114. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Updated: July 15, 2014 4:39PM
BARCELONA, Spain — Recent free agent Pau Gasol says signing for the Bulls over NBA champion San Antonio or Oklahoma City came down to a gut decision.
Gasol says on Tuesday that after speaking with Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, “instinct told me to pick Chicago.”
The 7-foot (2.13-meter) Spanish forward says Chicago was a logical choice since “without doubt it is one of the championship favorites in the East alongside Cleveland.”
The 34-year-old Gasol, who departs the Los Angeles Lakers after five-plus seasons, says while the Spurs and Thunder were options “nothing is guaranteed wherever you sign. I’m happy with my choice.”
Gasol also expects newly acquired forward Nikola Mirotic, who was signed from Spanish club Real Madrid, to “make an immediate impact” with the Bulls.