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Pau Gasol is leaving the Lakers for the Bulls
Pau Gasol is leaving the Lakers for the Bulls

The Lakers officially waved goodbye to two free agents Saturday — one they hoped to get, the other they hoped to keep. Carmelo Anthony was very close to returning to New York, Pau Gasol elected to move to Chicago, and the Lakers were bystanders. The Lakers courted Anthony with two things they thought none of his suitors could match — 16 championships and the promise of Hollywood — but the player who was born in the projects of Brooklyn, won an NCAA championship at Syracuse and ultimately forced a trade to the Knicks from Denver in 2011 couldn't turn his back on New York. He was reportedly closing in on a deal late Saturday night. Gasol said no to two substantial offers from the...

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