Pau Gasol says he will opt for free agency this offseason but the Chicago Bulls remain his preferred option.

"I do not like talking about the future," said Gasol. "We'll see what happens. The Bull's door is open because I will exercise my option contract and be a free agent, and Chicago will always be my first choice. I do not know how hard the franchise might try to keep me. I know I gave up a better deal economically to be on a team with the chance to win a ring. 

"If this situation does not occur, I have to value other things. Of course the most important thing is not money, as I also want my game to be appreciated."

The Bulls discussed a trade at the deadline with the Sacramento Kings.