(CBS) Bulls big man Pau Gasol has notified the team he will decline his player option and become a free agent, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
The move almost certainly marks the end of Gasol’s time in Chicago, which has spanned two years since he signed in summer 2014. The Bulls recently acquired Robin Lopez in the Derrick Rose trade with the Knicks, and he’s set to become the team’s starting center.
The departure of Gasol was considered an expected move. Monday was the deadline for Gasol to inform the team of his decision.
Gasol, 35, played two seasons in Chicago and was an All-Star both years. He averaged 16.5 points per game last season and 17.6 points per game and 11.4 rebounds in those two seasons in a Bulls uniform.