Taj Gibson wants to stay in Chicago: “I love the Bulls”
The Chicago Bulls front office has been leery over the last year about their wish to keep Taj Gibson on the registry.
The sensation is mutual. Sportsbook
Gibson, who will become a restricted free agent at the end of next season, knows the Bulls have a lot of other decisions to make before they get down to hammering out an extension, but he would like to lock something up which would make him a Bull for a long time to come.
“Really, it’s unimportant (when it occurs),” Gibson recounted. “I told (GM) Gar (Forman) and (vice president John Paxson) how committed I’m to just being with the Bulls. It isn’t a concept in my head to leave Chicago because I adore playing for the Chicago Bulls.
Bartelstein confirmed the 2 sides had 1st talks relating to an extension. The sides will meet again later in the summer once the Bulls wrap up all of the other choices facing them in the near term, including the NBA draft and other check-list moves.
Like Gibson, Bartelstein seemed confident the sides could work out an extension given the mutual respect on each side. The vet agent believes Gibson will continue to thrive in the same environment next season, and most likely for many years to come if or when an extension is hammered out.
Gibson gave himself even more leverage toward an extension during the postseason, averaging just about 10 points and 7 rebounds a game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
With Crane Rose (ACL) and Joakim Noah (ankle) out because of injuries, Gibson was the Bulls most consistent player. The 26 years old admitted that he’s still rehabbing an ankle injury he suffered in the series, but he is expecting to be in a position to go in a month when he heads to Vegas as part of Team USA’s select squad, made up of young players across the league who will scrimmage against the National team before they go to the London Olympics.
Gibson, who just completed his 3rd season in the league, is looking forward to competing against some of the best talent in the country.
“I’m thrilled,” he announced. “The training staff is real satisfied for me. They revealed it’s a big move, especially being selected; it’s great for my game. Especially to go in there and learn from other players, compete. But the whole end result is just to learn and build confidence.”
The power forward believes the experience will benefit both himself and the Bulls in the future. He knows he has raised himself into the upper echelon of young players in the league, but he’s trying to stay focused on what’s ahead.
“It’s good, but simultaneously I just look at it as going in there and getting better,” Gibson said. “Learning from other fellows, that is the entire thing, just learning, just having the right kind of mind-set, I know that it’s perhaps just a week of practicing, but I’m anticipating getting better and using what I learned in our next training camp for the Chicago Bulls and our next season.”