Taj Gibson’s name is the latest one on a long list of potential candidates to be traded by the Chicago Bulls before the Feb. 20 trade deadline. Kirk Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy have been two prominent names in trade rumors over the last month or so, but according to the Chicago Sun-Times, three teams have inquired about Gibson already.
Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy have been churning in the rumor mill for more than a month. Now Taj Gibson’s name is picking up steam. What the Bulls do with him could determine how serious they are in clearing salary-cap space for a max contract to land a player such as Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.
According to a source, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats have inquired about Gibson, but they were preliminary talks in which the Bulls didn’t like the return.
The Charlotte Bobcats have been reported to be buyers as we get closer to the trade deadline, and they are looking to add some players to help them make the playoffs. A conceivable deal that Charlotte could be offering at this point would probably be the expiring contract of Ben Gordon and some draft picks.
The fact that the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in Gibson is a bit of a surprise, considering the fact that they are looking to have the maximum amount of cap space available this summer. Either way, it’s unlikely the Lakers would muster up enough assets to interest the Bulls.
Finally we have the Washington Wizards, who are obviously looking to improve their roster as well, as they look forward to the postseason. It’s hard seeing them moving one of their starters, and other than the expiring contract of Trevor Ariza or Marcin Gortat, the Wizards don’t really have valuable assets that they would be willing to trade.
One way or another, if the Bulls truly feel like they have a good chance to land Carmelo Anthony or another max player to put next to Derrick Rose this summer, they will have to get Gibson’s deal off the books.