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Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson is reportedly drawing trade interest from across the NBA ahead of the trade deadline on February 19.
According to reports, the Bulls power forward’s name has been linked with much of the league over the last few months with the likes of Los Angeles and Toronto touted as possible landing spots along with Phoenix and Portland.
Although it is unlikely that the Bulls would want to part with Gibson, Sean Deveney of The Sporting News has reported that Gibson could be made available after being left unhappy with the additions to the roster last summer.
“Gibson’s name has been connected to much of the league over the last few months, from Los Angeles to Toronto to Phoenix to Detroit to Portland.
“In recent weeks, he has not played with the type of energy for which he has been known, and there has been speculation that he is frustrated with the addition of Nikola Mirotic and Pau Gasol (though his playing time has not changed much). Gibson still has two years and $17.4 million on his deal, which is a problem in moving him.”
Gibson’s four year deal worth $38m runs out in 2017 which makes him an attractive option as a starting big man for many teams around the league.
However, the Bulls hold him in high regard despite his drop in standards this year and with Joakim Noah still working his way back to full fitness, Gibson is a huge part of the second unit on the defensive end and so Chicago will not want to lose him.
The additions of Mirotic and Gasol have certainly cut into his minutes, but at this time, the Bulls have bigger problems to worry about than sharing minutes as they continue to slump.