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Magic Johnson On Pau Gasol Leaving Lakers For Bulls

When former Laker big man Pau Gasol decided to leave his offer from the Lakers on the table and head to Chicago for the next chapter of his career, it was no surprise considering the trade rumors that circled Gasol for the past couple years.

At Byron Scott’s press conference yesterday, Magic Johnson said he spoke to Gasol before he made his decision to sign with the Chicago Bulls and the veteran forward understandably voiced frustration with how he was used in the offense last season.

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According to LakersNation.com reporter Serena Winters, ultimately, Gasol expressed to Johnson that those emotions were too great for him to overcome:

Gasol was involved in several trade rumors towards the end of his career in Los Angeles. His discontent can be understood as his average minutes played per game had been drastically decreased since the 2010-2011 season.

D’Antoni stuck to playing small ball, which affected Gasol’s playing time. He went from 37.4 minutes during the 2011-12 season to 33.8 minutes the next season and finally 31.4 minutes last season, his final year as a Laker.

It’s likely the four-time All-Star felt under-valued and under-appreciated, after being a crucial player in the Lakers back-to-back championship run. Gasol is now in Chicago where he feels he has a better chance to win, alongside returning guard Derrick Rose in the upcoming season.

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  • ManCnBkind

    There is no loyalty in big-time professional sports nowadays, although it does bother me when teams try to use the ‘we’re a family’ card to get top-shelf FAs to stay less money. That said, I think Gasol made the best decision for himself. I expect his offense will be okay, but I’m hoping this new team will ignite a fire under him to actually play some consistent defense for a change. We’ll see.

  • EMF

    If you want to fire someone, fire the person that authorized the Steve Nash contract. Whoever that was in Laker mgmt. needs to recuse themselves, learn a bit from Japanese corporate responsibility and quit for the damage you did to the organization. That Nash would so brazenly state in the media that he will gladly take the remaining money ($9M iirc) and “so would anyone” tarnishes his legacy and integrity. He has been nothing but a burden on the resources of the Laker organization and already well paid for the 10games last year and for playing every other game the year before. Kobe and Nash need to win a championship this year to prove me wrong!

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