Pau Gasol left the Los Angeles Lakers after seven seasons in the purple and gold as a free agent and found himself a new home in the Chicago Bulls.
Gasol was the only real good player on that God-awful Lakers side of last season and being part of a team like that is more than enough to drive any player to leaving in free agency.
Gasol said on Tuesday that, after speaking with Bulls players Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, that his "instinct told me to pick Chicago." The 7-foot Spanish forward said Chicago was a logical choice since "without doubt, it is one of the championship favorites in the East alongside Cleveland."
Gasol is right, if the Bulls can get Derrick Rose back to full fitness then they will become a big contender for that Eastern Conference title. With the Cavaliers now boasting Lebron James and Kyrie Irving they become the team with a big target on their backs in the East. No-one really knows what to expect from last years Eastern runners up the Indiana Pacers, while the Washington Wizards will be fancying themselves as outsiders.
Writing in a blog piece on his website about the decision to leave, Gasol said that "I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of such a storied franchise and play with a contending team in front of some of the most passionate fans in sports."
He admitted that it was a difficult decision to leave the Lakers, after winning two NBA Championships becoming a beloved figure in the city of Los Angeles alongside Kobe Bryant.
But the Lakers aren't ready to win right now, and with the end of his career creeping ever nearer, Gasol wants to have the best chance of winning more titles and getting paid sufficiently while doing so. He admitted so later in the piece saying, "I have no doubt the Lakers will be a top contender in the future. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ timetable does not align with mine."
Gasol's time in LA has come to an end, we'll have to wait to find out how successful his spell with Chicago is.