Jan 15, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol (16) handles the ball against the Phoenix Suns forward Miles Plumlee (22) in the first half at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Pau Gaosl rumors: Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns & Golden State Warriors in pursuit

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For the first time in Los Angeles Laker’s big man Pau Gasol’s career, he is set to hit the open market.

Gasol has obviously been eligible to hit free agency in the past, but instead quickly got deals done. Now with the Lakers potentially rebuilding (although they are expected to pursue several big name free agents like Miami Heat forward LeBron James and New York Knicks’ forward Carmelo Anthony), Gasol could move moving on. He has expressed his desire to play for a contender.

The Lakers, however, still want to retain Gasol and the Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets and New York Knicks are all expected to make a move for Gasol.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com, the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State and Phoenx Suns are also after Gasol.

Shelburne points out the Warriors would have to acquire Gasol in a sign-and-trade.

Gasol averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds 3.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game last season. He shot 48.0% from the field, 28.6% from beyond the arc and 73.6% from the free throw line

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