NBA Rumors: Bulls Actively Shopping Taj Gibson
The Chicago Bulls have been actively engaged in trade talks with several teams regarding veteran power forward Taj Gibson, according to a source close to the organization.Advertisement
Gibson, in the final year of his $8.9 million contract, averaged 8.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks last season while battling for minutes with stretch 4 Nikola Mirotic and rookie Bobby Portis. D-Leaguer Cristiano Felicio is also expected to get significant minutes next season.
Taj Gibson on the trading block…
With Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol set to depart in free agency, the Bulls are putting their faith in Robin Lopez, who they landed as part of the trade involving Derrick Rose. Lopez is set to be the starting center with Mirotic, Felicio and Portis expected to round off the front court.
Chicago Sun Times reported Sunday that Gibson was on the trading block. “To add some further clouds to the Bulls frontcourt rotation, a league source said that the Bulls have been talking to several teams about the possibility of moving Taj Gibson.”
The Bulls are expected to target Mike Conley to replace the void left by Derrick Rose. They would have enough cap room to pursue one max-level free agent. However, they can land a valuable asset or two if a team accepts Gibson’s expiring contract. “If they do in fact send Gibson elsewhere, that would leave a frontcourt of Robin Lopez, Nikola Mirotic, Bobby Portis and Cristiano Felicio, and some serious money to spend,” added Bulls reporter Joe Cowley.
Other options for Chicago…
“The likes of Al Horford, Hassan Whiteside and Bismark Biyombo are either expected to stay put or are far too expensive for a Bulls team that is focusing on the free agent class of 2017 as the real gold mine,” added the report, before suggesting that Jared Sullinger, Ryan Anderson and Terrence Jones are viable options to replace Taj Gibson in the front court rotation.
Taj Gibson was drafted 26th overall by Chicago Bulls in 2009. Under Tom Thibodeau, Gibson was an elite rim protector and an integral part of those successful Bulls teams. Since Fred Hoiberg’s arrival, Gibson has become nothing more than a role player.