It’s a possibility that Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson could be on the market, and could be heading to Toronto.
Gibson became the subject of trade rumors after he had a very strong season in 2013-2014. With the signing of veteran power forward Pau Gason, the Bulls may be looking to add a bit more fire power to the back court, as they already have their starting front court set in stone with Gasol and Noah.
While it’s not set in stone that Gibson will be heading to Toronto, they could be a strong possibility if they’re willing to part with the right assets.
There are other teams that are inquiring about Gibson, one of which is the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Wolves are in a rebuilding phase, and Gibson could be a great asset to acquire.
The Timberwolves could be a stronger option than the Raptors, especially if the Wolves are willing to part with veteran shooting guard Kevin Martin. Chances are that the Wolves would be willing to part with Martin, as they’ve already tried sending him to Golden State with Kevin Love before Love was dealt to the Cavaliers.
Kevin Martin, who is tailor-made to play with Bulls returning all-star point guard Derrick Rose, could be the perfect piece in a potential Gibson trade.
Another possible landing spot for Gibson would be the Boston Celtics, who are in dire-need of an upgrade to their front court, and Gibson would definitely be just that.
If Boston is interested in Gibson, the Bulls may ask for Avery Bradley in return. Bradley, who just signed a four-year extension with the Celtics over the summer, cannot be traded until January 15.
It’s likely that Chicago could be looking to flip Gibson for a guard that can give them plenty of production off the bench, and either Kevin Martin or Avery Bradley would be ideal for that role. Martin has already experienced the sixth man role when he was with Oklahoma City back in 2013, while Bradley has never experienced it, and has started the majority of games he’s played in.
Chicago may look to pull the trigger on a Gibson trade around the trade deadline in February, and the top three teams that are in the running as of right now are the Toronto Raptors, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Boston Celtics.
Gibson averaged 13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season.
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