Source: Rose wants to play with Pau Gasol if Lakers trade him
Derrick Rose has let it be known to Bulls management that we wants to play with Pau Gasol if Chicago is able to swing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for the veteran power forward from Spain, a source close to Rose told SheridanHoops.com on Sunday. The Spanish news outlet Marca was the first to report Sunday that Rose has given his blessing for the Bulls to go after Gasol with a package that would be centered around Carlos Boozer and another player. "He hasn’t said so publicly, but he has made that known privately," said the source, who spoke to SheridanHoops.com on condition of anonymity.
Before you get too worked up about this - consider that Boozer has 3 years left on his deal and Mich Kupchack isn't anyone's dummy.
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"Of course we'll talk to a lot of teams [about trades], like everybody else does, leading up until the trade deadline to see if there is a way to improve the team," Kupchak said. "But the likelihood is that this is the team that's going to finish into the playoffs. That's just the way it normally works, but we'll see."
I'm sure they'd like to get some young talent (or say, ...Dwight Howard) in exchange for Pau Gasol, but I don't think Boozer is going to get it done. But that's just me. I'm no MVP, what do I know?