Pau Gasol says he prioritized joining a championship contender over money in choosing the Chicago Bulls as a free agent and believes his new team is "hungry" to win.

"Money obviously wasn't the priority here," said Gasol, who was introduced by the Bulls on Friday at the United Center. "I turned down bigger offers, and I prioritized being on a championship-caliber team and being in a position where I can hopefully put that team over the top with my game, as well. I felt that here, I was going to have that opportunity, and now it's just a matter of getting to work."

Gasol, one of the most coveted free agents on the market, drew interest from the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks, Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers, among others. He signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million, according to sources.

He joins a Bulls team that was all in on the pursuit of prized free agent Carmelo Anthony, but it quickly shifted to Plan B -- Gasol -- when it appeared that Anthony would re-sign with the Knicks for a max contract.

Gasol said he was impressed with Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose, who were both in on the pitch to land the four-time All-Star.

Gasol, 34, praised "how humble they are, being able to not have big egos makes things a lot easier. Their passion and hunger, as well, they're hungry to win. I want to be a part of a hungry team that will do whatever it takes."

In addition to Bulls team officials, owner Jerry Reinsdorf, Noah and forward Mike Dunleavy, Gasol said he wanted to speak to Rose, the former MVP who has missed most of the past two seasons with knee injuries and has long maintained he is uncomfortable recruiting players to Chicago.

"I talked to Derrick on the phone," Gasol said. "I wanted to talk to him, because he's a big part of this team, and I wanted to see how he felt physically and with having me on board. It was very encouraging for me."

Gasol joins the Bulls after six-plus seasons with the Lakers, which included two championships. He averaged 17.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 60 games for Los Angeles last season