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Gasol goes with gut

Pau Gasol talked to Joakim Noah when the Chicago Bulls traveled to Los Angeles to recruit the free-agent center. He spoke with Derrick Rose over the phone, and Mike Dunleavy also reached out to the 7-foot veteran. What Gasol found was a hungry team in search of a championship, and it was enough to convince the skilled Spaniard to trade the warmth of Southern California for the cold winters of the Windy City. Gasol and newcomer Nikola Mirotic were at the United Center on Friday for a pair of news conferences announcing their new contracts. “It was a gut feeling. I thought Chicago was going to be the best fit for me,” said Gasol, who will be entering his 14th NBA season. The 6-10 Mirotic joins the Bulls after a successful final season with Real Madrid. –AP