Free agent big man Pau Gasol has agreed to join the Chicago Bulls, and he will do so as a free agent rather than in a sign-and-trade, according to ESPN's Brian Windhorst. The deal will be for three years and $22 million, with a player option on the final season, per Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.
Chicago badly needs some more playmaking, and the 34-year-old Gasol can still help out immensely there. He's not a great defender at this stage of his career, but having Joakim Noah and Taj Gibson on the roster means that's not a huge problem.
Also: imagine the big-to-big passing from Gasol and Noah -- no other team has a frontline like that.
The Bulls reportedly started focusing on Gasol after they realized they wouldn't get Carmelo Anthony, who has decided to stay with the Knicks.
Gasol announced the news himself on Twitter:
It hasn't been easy. After meditating it a lot I've chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 12, 2014