HoopsHype Taj Gibson rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates

The meeting began shortly after Anthony strolled past the Michael Jordan statue outside Gate 4 and entered the United Center near 1 p.m. Joakim Noah already had arrived. Taj Gibson joined the meeting around 2:30 p.m. His participation isn't insignificant. Sources said both the Bulls and Anthony, should he choose Chicago, want to keep Gibson. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: Taj Gibson has entered Melo meeting. As previously reported, not only do Bulls want to keep Taj, Carmelo wants to keep Taj if he comes. Twitter @KCJHoop

June 22, 2014 Updates

Thus, the Bulls might have to sign Anthony, whom everyone from coach Tom Thibodeau to Rose is on board with adding, via outright salary-cap space. Using the amnesty provision on Boozer only nets them roughly $11 million of space, depending on where the cap is set July 1. The Bulls would have to sell off other pieces for nothing in return to create more cap space and would prefer obviously to keep Taj Gibson. So would Anthony should he land with the Bulls. Chicago Tribune

June 18, 2014 Updates
June 8, 2014 Updates

Chicago, said to be Love’s other preferred destination, has the 16th and 19th picks in this year’s draft in addition to burgeoning talents Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson. Gibson, who will turn 29 this month, is deceptively old. It’s unclear whether the Bulls would throw the 2013-14 Defensive Player of the Year, Joakim Noah, onto the table. Boston Herald

June 5, 2014 Updates
June 2, 2014 Updates

The 6-year-old cousin of Bulls power forward Taj Gibson was stabbed to death in a Brooklyn elevator Sunday evening, the New York Post reported. The young boy, identified as Prince Joshua Avitto, and a 7-year-old girl were in the elevator en route to get some ice cream at about 6 p.m. when an unidentified person wielding a butcher's knife attacked them. “They were just coming outside to get some ice cream and ices,” said Inez Rodriguez, president of a tenants association. “This is the worst thing that I’ve ever seen in this neighborhood.” Sporting News

May 24, 2014 Updates
May 23, 2014 Updates

While general manager Gar Forman has remained poker-faced about the future of Carlos Boozer in a Bulls uniform, several sources indicated that reserve power forward Taj Gibson was told by his coaching staff to start preparing this offseason to be a starter come tip-off 2014-15. And Gibson has. With about a week left of rehabbing a badly sprained left ankle that occurred in the Game 5 playoff loss to the Wizards last month, Gibson confirmed that he has been told “to get my body and mind right to be a starter.’’ “I mean this will be exciting,’’ Gibson said in a phone interview. “This is what I’ve always thought about. When I started [those six games] for Boozer when he was hurt during the season, I just know how excited I was, how good it felt to come to the arena.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

And while this past season has long been believed to be the final curtain call for Boozer, how the end comes is still the great unknown. Could the Bulls simply amnesty Boozer, still paying him the $16.8 million coming his way next season but not having it count against the cap? Or is he a key trading piece in a splashy deal because of his expiring contract? Considering the growing asking price in the Kevin Love trade sweepstakes, the Bulls will likely be headed for the amnesty option. Chicago Sun-Times

May 8, 2014 Updates
May 3, 2014 Updates

Sources said Noah has been in Anthony’s ear as often as possible, and he has told other Bulls to push hard for Anthony this summer. But there is one condition: Backup big man Taj Gibson can’t be sacrificed. And there’s the kicker. For the Bulls to keep Noah, Gibson and point guard Derrick Rose, Anthony would have to be willing to sign a contract in the $14 million- to $15 million-a-year range, and general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson would have to get creative with the rest of the roster. Chicago Sun-Times

May 1, 2014 Updates
April 30, 2014 Updates

Taj Gibson watched the last 7:51 of the season from the training room after rolling his left ankle. He didn’t like what he saw: The Wizards grabbed five offensive rebounds in the final 1:57 of the Game 5 75-69 loss Tuesday night at United Center. “Just frustrating,” he said. Up three, the Wizards held the ball for 1:18, buoyed by three Marcin Gortat offensive rebounds. With 16.2 seconds left and still up three, Andre Miller missed both free-throw attempts, but Nene got the rebound. When Bradley Beal missed his second free throw, Nene got another rebound. “It symbolized the way the series went,” swingman Mike Dunleavy said. “We just could not secure an offensive rebound. Chicago Sun-Times

April 23, 2014 Updates

Not only did Gibson take exception to officials not granting his timeout request when he corraled a loose ball, the Bulls forward also claimed they missed Nene's foul on the subsequent jump ball that Nene won. "We looked at the film. We saw the jump ball. That was crazy," Gibson said. "But the loose ball, I called three timeouts. I had it, nobody else was around me. D.J. (Augustin) called it a couple times. We had a lot of guys in his face. He just didn’t give us the timeout. "(On the jump ball), I felt like it was a lot of activity. (Nene) just pushed me out of the way. I didn’t know you could do that. But you learn something new every day. Can you do that? He took my whole arm and just threw me. So I didn’t know that was legal and you look at the film, he hits Joakim (Noah) in the face while he does it. So I don’t know what to say." Chicago Tribune

April 21, 2014 Updates

Noah’s teammates reached out to him over the weekend. “Everybody made sure he was OK,” forward Taj Gibson said. “Just one of those things where you just have to play through it. “It’s never easy to lose somebody close to you. “But you got to put it behind you and know they’re in a better place and you’re playing for them. I think he has a greater appreciation now. “I think that’s gonna help him play even better.” Chicago Sun-Times

April 19, 2014 Updates

Weeks later, Chicago’s Taj Gibson said that his bathroom door at the Skirvin had slammed in the middle of the night for no reason. His teammate Derrick Rose was among the Bulls who heard strange bangs and bumps and became a believer. “It was scary last night,” Rose said. New York Times

April 4, 2014 Updates

Bulls forward Taj Gibson hopes Brewer, 29, returns. “That’s my guy,” Gibson said. “He’s a big guard, can defend multiple positions. He’s athletic and he’s a leader. He has been in the league a long time and has been through a lot with us.” Chicago Tribune

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