Barring some sort of miracle, the Chicago Bulls will be missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
Following Thursday night’s loss to the Miami Heat, the Bulls dropped to a record of 39-40. Chicago’s only chance of making the postseason is if the 42-37 Indiana Pacers losing their last three games, while the Bulls win their remaining three contests.
It’s safe to say that every single player on the Bulls roster is disappointed. Chicago began the 2015-16 campaign with high hopes after hiring Fred Hoiberg to replace the fired Tom Thibodeau. Despite the change in leadership, the team never seemed to show any of its full potential as injuries and sloppy play led to one too many losses.
One player who is especially disappointed with the club’s season is Pau Gasol. The 36-year-old can become a free agent this offseason and continued to stress that he will evaluate his options over the summer, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN:
“I will evaluate what I need to when the time comes. But the way the team has responded to adversity and the way we finished up the season has not been so far great, and it’s been disappointing. So at the end of the day, when the time comes, I will evaluate things.”
The 7-foot center stated last month that he will opt out and become a free agent this offseason. Following the loss to the Heat, Gasol did not hold back in voicing his displeasure over his team’s lack of success this year:
“It’s hard to finish the season like this. It’s not finished, but we’re in a very, as we know, extremely difficult position, so everything will be thought of and considered.”
Despite being on the verge of completing his 15th season, Gasol remains one of the top bigs in the game. The two-time NBA champion has averaged 17.6 points and 11.4 rebounds in a little over 33 minutes per game.
If playing on a contender is what Gasol truly desires, there is no doubt there will be an elite team that will be interested in the veteran center’s services.
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