Busy Bulls sign Pau Gasol, work out deal with Mirotic, Augustin goes to Pistons

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The Bulls finalizing an agreement with 7-foot All-Star Pau Gasol. The 34-year-old Spaniard tweeted that he meditated a lot on his decision, which included him turning down two years and $23 million from the Lakers and overtures from the Thunder, Spurs and Knicks.Gasol, who likely will keep Gibson in a sixth man role, has averaged 18.3 points and 9.2 rebounds in 13 seasons.

Nikola Mirotic and the Bulls have agreed to a three-year, $17 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.The Bulls acquired Mirotic on draft day in 2011, when he was selected No. 23, and since then he’s been starring for Real Madrid. The sweet-shooting forward won MVP of the Spanish ACB in 2013 and MVP of the Spanish Cup in 2014.It’s been assumed that Mirotic would come over since a buyout was reportedly reached with Real Madrid earlier this month.Adding Mirotic, a healthy Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol and Doug McDermott means the Bulls offense has a chance to be much, much better than it was last season. The Bulls ranked 28th in offensive efficiency in 2013-2014.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the Bulls have reached an agreement with point guard Kirk Hinrich for what is believed to be the Room Exception, starting around $2 million per year for as many as two years.The Bulls have agreed to terms with guard Kirk Hinrich, according to league sources. Hinrich, who has spent nine of his 11 NBA seasons with the Bulls, averaged 9.1 points and 3.9 assists in 73 games last season. He is a favorite of management and coach Tom Thibodeau.The Bulls view him as an ideal complement for Derrick Rose because he can take defensive and ball-handling responsibilites off Rose’s plate.

Free agent point guard D.J. Augustin has agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski.The Pistons will be Augustin’s fifth team in four years. After a disappointing 2012-2013 season with the Indiana Pacers, he was waived by the Toronto Raptors in December. The Bulls then picked him up, and he completely turned things around, averaging 14.9 points and five assists in 30 minutes per game earned himself this contract.Detroit will presumably use him as a backup behind Brandon Jennings, and at that value this is a solid signing in a vacuum. The Pistons have had a bit of a weird offseason so far, though, with this and the three-year, $19 million Jodie Meeks deal not fitting the usual mold for a rebuilding team.

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