NBA rumors: Taj Gibson staying in New York

Ian Begley: Taj Gibson has agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal to return to the Knicks, Mark Bartelstein of @Priority Sports tells SNY.

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Bobby Marks: New York will have a $1,988,280 cap charge on Omari Spellman. Based on the pro-rated minimum salary, Taj Gibson will have a cap hit of $1.4M ($2.3M in salary). Cap space now projects at $17M.
It was always surprising Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks didn’t re-sign Taj Gibson to a smaller deal after they declined his $10 million team option in November. But the 6-foot-9 Gibson, who played for Thibodeau in Chicago and Minnesota, is back on the Knicks’ radar, sources confirm, with their razor-thin depth up front because of injuries to Obi Toppin, Omari Spellman and Nerlens Noel. With the Knicks possessing $18 million in cap space, money isn’t an issue.
Something to keep an eye on with the Knicks: When New York declined the team option on Taj Gibson’s 2020-21 contract in November, there was mutual interest in a Gibson returning to the team. The Knicks didn’t re-sign Gibson in the offseason. But they are still keeping an eye on him. The Knicks have touched base with Gibson recently, per SNY sources, and are among the teams keeping Gibson on their radar. A few contenders also have Gibson, an 11-year veteran, on their radar, SNY sources say.
The idea of taking a bad contract into cap space could be one of several avenues the Knicks are considering this offseason. Depending on what they decide to do with the contract options for Bobby Portis, Wayne Ellington, Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock, New York could have more than $60 million in cap room in the offseason. The Knicks, who told teams recently they’d be open to taking on a bad contract, have not made decisions on any players with options yet.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Wayne, Taj, Elfrid, Bobby and Julius to New York,” said Scott Perry, general manager, New York Knicks. “Collectively, we’re adding a mix of extremely talented and experienced multi-dimensional players who will improve our team as we continue building out a deep and versatile roster. These players are all tough-minded, motivated and ready to compete, and we’re excited to have them as part of the Knicks family.”
Darren Wolfson: #Twolves will have interest in Taj Gibson, but told not a ton, at least initially. Nets, Knicks, Lakers, OKC, Pacers, 76ers also interested.
Gibson, 31, was absolutely going to leave as a free agent this summer, league sources say. The Bulls were not going to re-sign him.
Taj Gibson fielded some questions from Twitter followers, including one asking if he thought he'd remain with the Thunder beyond this season. "We'll have to see. I would hope so," Gibson said. "I always had a sense that I had a relationship with Oklahoma City for a long time. I remember when I came here for my predraft workout, I wanted to get drafted here so bad years ago. But you never know. We'll have to wait and see, but everybody here is great. We've been having good information from my agent so far."
Taj Gibson has survived near-annual trade rumors to become, in his eighth season, the longest-tenured Bull. He's also poised to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time next summer. "Of course I want to stay here," Gibson said in an interview with the Tribune.
"The amount of money I'm seeing guys making is ridiculous. But I'm going to remain humble," Gibson said. "I'm going to stay focused and know I was blessed to get that last deal I got."
If you know Gibson, though, you know that his sole focus remains the team. “I’m really trying not to pay attention to that,” Gibson said when asked about being in his contract year. “I’ll do what I’ve got to do on the court and everything will be fine. Right now, I’ve got a good group of guys that is looking for me and encouraging me to play well every night, so that’s the main thing coming in. That’s what’s making my job a lot easier.”
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