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Taj Gibson back on Knicks' radar

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.

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.”

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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