Update: According to another tweet from Wojnarowski, the Chicago Bulls and Gasol are working towards an agreement, which seemingly means the Hawks are out of the running before they even really got in:
Pau Gasol, Chicago working to complete an agreement, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
This certainly makes sense to me, as a Gasol/Hawks fit just never really seemed like a great fit.
According to the top reporter on all things NBA, Adrian Wojnarowski, the Atlanta Hawks have apparently jumped into the Pau Gasol sweepstakes with a late $11 million offer:
Atlanta making aggressive, late pitch for Pau Gasol, league sources tell Yahoo. $11M-plus a year, sources say. Gasol likely passes on offer. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 12, 2014
The last line of the tweet obviously hints that Gasol and the Hawks aren’t going to be partnering up this offseason, but that’s probably not the worst thing that can happen. Sure, Gasol is a great frontcourt player, but that’s the biggest are of depth for Atlanta at the moment with Al Horford, Paul Millsap and the recently drafted Adreian Payne. Gasol would bring some much-needed rebounding, and his passing abilities would surely fit in well with Mike Budenholzer’s system, but there just doesn’t seem to be a spot for him at the moment. Maybe the plan would be to make a trade after signing Gasol, but I’m just speculating at that point–and there’s still probably not going to be a deal. Either way, the Hawks are seriously after Gasol and the money they offered certainly backs that up. He’s rumored to want to stay out West, but if the market somehow starts to fall for the big veteran, he could have a landing spot with the Hawks. Stay tuned, we’ll be all over the NBA rumor mill and feeding you the latest news as it happens.