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Pau Gasol is no longer a big money free agent, however, he's still getting plenty of attention as he hits free agency this off season and will likely look to go to a contender. The Chicago Bulls and Oklahoma City Thunder are the apparent favorites to acquire Gasol, at least according to Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski. However, there have been conflicting reports, as ESPN's Dave McMenamin has reported that Oklahoma City thinks that acquiring Gasol is a "long shot". The Lakers and the Spurs are still very much in play for Gasol, as he has shown interest in both teams in recent weeks.

Wojnarowski insists that Chicago and Oklahoma City are still the favorites to get the 34 year old power forward; Gasol even met with Thunder coach Scott Brooks on Monday. The general confusion coming out of Oklahoma City isn't all that new, as reports have gone back and forth for weeks now. The one constant in these reports is that Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are all in on trying to get Gasol and have been recruiting him since the start of free agency.

As it is, both the Bulls and the Thunder have pitched the idea that Gasol would start for their teams, while the Lakers have been pitching the idea that getting him back will garner heavy interest from superstar free agents LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony. The Lakers are the only team of the list that can give Gasol more than the 5.3 million of the mid-level exception that San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Chicago can offer, but it appears that money isn't the biggest factor for Gasol when deciding on his future.

The New York Knicks are still dark horses for Gasol; as terrible of a situation as they have, Gasol may consider going to New York because of Phil Jackson, and newly appointed coach, Derek Fisher. The belief, for New York, is similar to the Lakers, in that they believe that getting Gasol will lure Anthony into resigning with them. The Knicks are still the underdog to get Gasol, but that could change should Jackson be able to trade Amare Stoudemire and Andrea Bargnani.

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