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Chicago Sun-Times Jul 19, 2014

Chance at a title pulled at Pau Gasol

Pau Gasol said Friday he turned down other more-lucrative offers when he signed with the Bulls. The free-agent forward was willing to leave money on the table for the ­opportunity to compete for another championship. “Money wasn’t obviously the priority here,” Gasol said at his introductory news conference. “So I turned down bigger offers and I prioritized being [with] a championship-caliber team and being in a position where I can really, hopefully, push...
Welcome to Loud City Jul 21, 2014

Sam Presti's "Thunder model," the failed run at Pau Gasol, and a critical point in the future

It was a typical Thunder offseason, as they drafted two rookies and avoided big moves in free agency. Except this time they tried to make one out of Pau Gasol. We are all familiar with what "the Oklahoma City Thunder model" entails now. They play the decision-making game carefully and pin financial control atop their list of priorities. That has translated into a roster built primarily through the draft, where the most cost-effective players tend to come from, and through which the Thunder can cultivate their own players instead of bidding with other teams to sign free agents. Look at the...

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