The Chicago Bulls are all but eliminated from the playoffs, a thoroughly disappointing result for a team that got at least 64 games out of both Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose for the first time ever. It’s a frankly unacceptable result for a roster with this kind of talent and experience, and it has multiple people within the organization questioning the viability of this core. Pau Gasol has an opt-out clause in his contract after this season, and he’s asking those same questions.
Asked whether he’s coming back next season, Gasol explained to ESPN’s Nick Friedell:
“Nothing is set right now,” Gasol said after the game. “Definitely, I will evaluate what I need to when the time comes. But the way the team has responded to adversity and the way we finished up the season has not been so far great, and it’s been disappointing. So at the end of the day, when the time comes, I will evaluate things. It’s hard to finish the season like this. It’s not finished, but we’re in a very, as we know, extremely difficult position, so everything will be thought of and considered.”