HoopsHype Taj Gibson rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

Gibson said he talked to his agent on Tuesday and that his agent didn't talk to him about anything specific or imminent. Multiple outlets, including the Tribune, have reported that the Bulls have re-entered the trade talks for Love after putting those on the backburner to chase Carmelo Anthony in free agency but that the Cavaliers are in the lead to acquire Love. Chicago Tribune

"Without a doubt (I want to be here). I’m a nonchalant kind of guy. I let my game speak for myself. But this place has been home for me, a lot of good times. I’m looking forward to the future but have to see what happens." Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Bulls have offered a package of Taj Gibson and rookies Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Kevin Love, a league source told SheridanHoops.com on Wednesday. The package is extremely intriguing to the Timberwolves, but there is a catch — it cannot be completed for another 29 days after McDermott and Mirotic signed their rookie contracts Tuesday. NBA rules prohibit rookies from being traded within the first 30 days after they sign. SheridanHoops

July 22, 2014 Updates

Sources say that the Bulls, though, have this re-entered the race and would appear to be the biggest threat to the Cavs, thanks largely to the Golden State Warriors' resolute unwillingness to add longtime Wolves target Klay Thompson in a deal. Although the full extent of the Bulls' offer wasn't immediately known, it is believed Minnesota would seek a package from Chicago featuring forward Taj Gibson and defensive ace Jimmy Butler in addition to other assets. The Bulls shelved their Love interest while trying to sign Carmelo Anthony away from the New York Knicks but, according to sources, have re-emerged as a contender. ESPN.com

July 15, 2014 Updates

But here’s another funny thing: The outside perception of Boozer contrasted with how those inside the organization viewed him. “I’m behind Carlos 110 percent,” Taj Gibson told the Tribune during this season’s playoffs. “He’s as supportive a teammate as I’ve had.” Chicago Tribune

July 11, 2014 Updates
July 7, 2014 Updates

The fact Taj Gibson played an active part of the Bulls' pitch played to Anthony's desire to keep Gibson and possibly join a ready-to-win roster. A source familiar with the Bulls’ pitch said Anthony and Gibson “connected.” Chicago Tribune

July 4, 2014 Updates

A source did say that in the talks with Gasol, the veteran was told that there would be a starting job for him with the Bulls. That would mean that Taj Gibson can remain a Sixth Man of the Year candidate for another season, coming off the bench. Chicago Sun-Times

July 2, 2014 Updates
July 1, 2014 Updates

Later, the Bulls’ brass made a pitch centered around the fact that a core of Anthony, Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson – with Tom Thibodeau coaching – would be able to contend right away in the depleted Eastern Conference. While Rose had went on the record saying that he wasn’t going recruit Anthony to Chicago, he was very involved in the team’s courtship of the superstar free agent, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

After meeting at the facility and discussing the team’s pitch, the group went to dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Anthony, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen were all in attendance at the dinner, according to sources. The Bulls left the meeting and dinner feeling very confident that Anthony is seriously considering signing with Chicago, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

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

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