The Knicks aren’t totally out of the Pau Gasol race, but they’re certainly not leading it.
According to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein and Ramona Shelburne, Gasol is giving strong consideration to signing with defending champion San Antonio if the Bulls can’t acquire him via a sign-and-trade.
A report late Friday night stated that Chicago was close to coming to an agreement with the Spanish big man.
Los Angeles Lakers
This leaves the Knicks appearing to be out of contention for Gasol.
Gasol turned down Lakers offers of two years worth $23 million, and three years worth $29 million, a league source told ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin. Gasol turned down both offers, according to the source.
The Knicks would only be able to offer Gasol their $3.3 million tax payers exception.
Sources say that Phil Jackson had tried in recent days to clear cap space by talking to teams about trading Amar'e Stoudemire and Pau Gasol. The Knicks and Lakers were also mulling a sign-and-trade for Gasol but no deals came to fruition.
The Bulls' pursuit of Gasol could have an impact on Carmelo Anthony.
If the Bulls ink Gasol as a free agent, it would cut into the cap space they have to offer Anthony. If they receive him a sign-and-trade, it would take away some pieces they have to offer the Knicks in a sign-and-trade for Anthony. So a Gasol signing seems to make it more difficult for Chicago to obtain Anthony, but it wouldn’t totally eliminate the Bulls from contention.
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