Is this what set Kobe Bryant off about Pau Gasol’s future?

It wasn’t certain whether this was the story that set Kobe Bryant off Sunday on a postgame rant about the need for the Lakers’ management to clarify Pau Gasol’s future with the team or whether it was an accumulation of rumors that drove him to talk.

But here is what SheridanHoops.com reported Sunday:

Derrick Rose has let it be known to Bulls management that we wants to play with Pau Gasol if Chicago is able to swing a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers for the veteran power forward from Spain, a source close to Rose told SheridanHoops.com on Sunday.

The Spanish news outlet Marca was the first to report Sunday that Rose has given his blessing for the Bulls to go after Gasol with a package that would be centered around Carlos Boozer and another player.

“He hasn’t said so publicly, but he has made that known privately,” said the source, who spoke to SheridanHoops.com on condition of anonymity.

For what it’s worth, Chris Sheridan is a veteran reporter who worked for many years for The Associated Press and ESPN.com before starting his own website. Plus, our fathers worked together back in the day in Milwaukee. So I trust him. You should too.

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