The Chicago Bulls recovered quickly after losing out on forward Carmelo Anthony in free agency, landing big man Pau Gasol to bolster the team’s offense.
Gasol, who spent the past seven seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, announced on his verified Twitter account Saturday he reached agreement with the Bulls.
“It hasn’t been easy,” the 7-foot Gasol tweeted. “After meditating it a lot I’ve chosen to play with the Chicago Bulls. Looking forward to this new chapter of my career.”
The 34-year-old Spaniard averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds last season.
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Meanwhile, about nine months of nearly daily speculation about Anthony’s future came to an end when he agreed to re-sign with the New York Knicks, according to a person with firsthand knowledge of the negotiations.
Anthony, who averaged 27.4 points last season, made his decision one day after forward LeBron James sent tremors across the league by leaving the Miami Heat for Cleveland.
James, who reportedly signed a two-year deal worth $42.1 million, and Anthony were the top free agents on the market this summer.
The 30-year-old Anthony, a seven-time All-Star, is eligible for a contract that would pay him nearly $130 million over five years.
Report: Williams to play for Hornets
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After losing out on Gordon Hayward, the Charlotte Hornets landed one of his former teammates with the Utah Jazz.
The Hornets agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract with free-agent forward Marvin Williams of Bremerton, according to a person familiar with the deal who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Williams, 28, averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season.
Utah decided to match Charlotte’s $63 million, four-year offer sheet to Hayward.
• Forward Trevor Ariza, previously with the Washington Wizards, reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year, $32 million deal with Houston. Meanwhile, ex-Brooklyn forward Paul Pierce reportedly has agreed to a two-year deal for about $10 million with the Wizards.
• Ex-Washington Husky C.J. Wilcox, the 28th player drafted this year, signed his rookie contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
• In the Las Vegas Summer League, former UW Husky Justin Holiday scored 29 points — including the winning basket — and had 13 rebounds to lead Golden State to a 74-72 victory over Phoenix.
Meanwhile, Zach LaVine, a Bothell High graduate and first-round Minnesota draft pick, had 13 points in a 93-85 loss to the Dallas Mavericks.