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Taj Gibson
Taj Gibson
Position: F
Born: 06/24/85
Height: 6-9 / 2.06
Weight:225 lbs. / 102.1 kg.
Salary: $8,500,000
If the Bulls don’t draft a foreign player to stash overseas or if they do re-sign Mike Dunleavy, avoiding the luxury tax will be difficult. This is why improvement from within, specifically from Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott and Tony Snell, will prove vital. Taj Gibson’s name could be bandied about in trade speculation, as it seemingly always is thanks to his budget-friendly contract and dependable two-way production. But next season’s success largely will depend on internal improvement and the considerable talents of Rose and Butler, whether or not coach Tom Thibodeau departs.
via Chicago Tribune

Taj Gibson the odd man out in Chicago?

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Trading one of Chicago’s four core frontcourt players for a wing would be the best way to unclutter the roster and open up at least the mini midlevel exception. All four guys deserve major minutes, and a team just doesn’t need four bigs who require that kind of time — especially when none of them can slide into the small-forward spot. Thibodeau tried that with Mirotic, but it’s a waste of his skill set, and he struggles at times to defend wing players — especially when teams put him in the pick-and-roll, as Cleveland did when Mirotic was guarding Iman Shumpert. Gibson is the likeliest trade candidate, though there is some intrigue around the league about Noah on an expiring contract. Executives are curious: Is Noah forever diminished, or can we rehabilitate him? But Noah is so central to Chicago’s culture that the Bulls may be reluctant to move him. He is their soul. Then again, people said that about Luol Deng, and when the Bulls found a killer trade, they didn’t hesitate.
via Grantland
The unusual part of the Thibodeau-Bulls power struggle is that he hasn’t lost the locker room at all, despite his notoriously hard-driving style. On the contrary, players overwhelmingly voiced their support for the coach in the locker room. “If it was up to me, he’d be back,” said Derrick Rose. Added Joakim Noah: “I think Thibs is a hard worker who always had us prepared.” Said Taj Gibson: “If you want to be coached and pushed, Thibs is the coach for you. If you don’t want to get better, this isn’t the team for you.”
via NBCSports.com