The Chicago Bulls will attempt to sign center Pau Gasol to a new contract in the offseason, general manager Gar Forman told K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Gasol is currently in the second season of a three-year, $22.34 million contract. However, he has made it clear that he plans to opt out of the deal after this season and become a free agent.
His name was also thrown around at the trade deadline, but the Bulls reportedly turned down at least two offers to trade him.
Gasol said on Thursday that he is happy with the Bulls and would like to play in Chicago in the future.
“This is where I wanted to be and where I want to be right now. I don’t want to give up on this team just because we’re going through some difficulties and challenges right now,” Gasol told the Tribune. “Things really haven’t turned out the way I wanted them to. But at the same time, there are things that I couldn’t anticipate. All I can do is continue to give my best. And I do still believe we can still turn this thing around a little bit or a lot and put ourselves in a good position.”
Gasol has averaged 17.0 points and 10.9 rebounds this season. He was named to his sixth All-Star game this season.
The Bulls (27–25) currently sit seventh in the Eastern Conference standings.