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Taj Gibson agrees to 4-year, $38 million extension with Bulls

Nov 1, 2012, 1:45 AM EDT

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It came down to the last minute, but a deal got done just before the deadline. We’ll let you be the judge who got the better of it.

Taj Gibson and the Bulls agreed to a contract extension worth up to $38 million over four years. Reports say it’ll be difficult for Gibson to reach the full amount, because it includes incentives. But K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that the base salary per year is $8 million.

Gibson knew that this was a relatively low offer, and that he’d likely be able to make more on the open market when he would have become a restricted free agent next summer. But he chose security now, along with the stability of knowing he’ll be playing for a solid organization.

“Pax and Gar stressed they wanted me here a long time,” Gibson said. “It dawned on me I didn’t want to be a selfish player. I wanted to get what’s fair. It’s a lot of money. I can’t really turn it down, especially for the security. You never know what can happen during the year. At any given moment, I could pull a groin or hurt my knee.”

Gibson said [his agent] Bartelstein told him he likely could earn more as a restricted free agent next summer “but you could end up playing in some hellhole.”

Great deal for the Bulls, right? Especially when you consider what DeMar DeRozan was given by the Raptors.

As for the words of wisdom imparted to Gibson by his agent, which probably helped to get his client to agree to the lesser deal? Hilarious but ultimately sage advice.

  1. LilTmac2003 - Nov 1, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Bulls got a great deal out of it and Gibson got paid, an extension, and that security that he wanted.

    Works out great for both teams.

  2. somekat - Nov 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM

    Taj friggin Gibson’s extension gets a story, and no mention of Holiday’s? One player is 10x more important to his teams future….it isn’t Gibson

    • pglive21 - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:23 AM

      Agreed, not sure why Holiday’s extension isn’t being discussed. The fact that the Sixers will be paying him over $10 million a year is egregious, especially considering that Ty Lawson and Stephen Curry signed for $12 and $11 million per year, respectively. Sixers are signing up for second round and bust. Holiday is definitely more important to the Sixers future than Gibson is to the Bulls. Unfortunately he’s just undeserving of that kind of contract.

    • chicitybulls - Nov 1, 2012 at 9:24 AM

      Dude, pump your breaks. You act like Taj is some kind of scrub. He was selected as one of the players to play against the Olympians this summer and is a well respected player in the league. Ask Wade. Jrue is a good player but dont make it like Taj isn’t. And Taj IS very important to the Bulls future. Obviously you dont follow this team so you shouldn’t really comment on what you dont follow. Makes you look and sound……unintelligent.

      • somekat - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:18 AM

        wow really? ? He was on the USA select team? You mean the team taht Holiday was captain of?

        I’m not saying he isn’t good, an no, he is in no way as important to the Bulls future as Holiday is to the sixers. The Bulls future relies on 3 things, Rose, Rose and Rose.

        The Sixers relies on Bynum, who can’t get teh ball without a solid PG to get him the ball (holiday)

        Again, not saying that he isn’t a good player, he’s a decent NBA player, isn’t (and will never be) an all star, but is and will be a solid NBA player. Holiday on the other hand, has the potential to be an all-star

      • chicitybulls - Nov 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

        Rose is a MAJOR building block for the Bulls future. And water is wet and the sky is blue. Any other shocking news you want to drop. However Taj is also a huge piece. He fits into Thibs style. You dont follow the Bulls so you dont know.

        Holiday has the potential to be an allstar? Bwhahaha. You mean behind Rose, D-Williams, Rondo, Wall, Irving, George Hill, Brandon Jennings in the East? He may be on par with everyone I mentioned after Rondo but it’ll take injuries (and some luck) for him to be an allstar. But all things being equal and everybody healthy, he aint making the all star team.

  3. rj2323 - Nov 1, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    Idk If he’s worth 38 million but he’s a good hustler an can get u boards an blocks

  4. glink123 - Nov 2, 2012 at 12:32 AM

    well that, and his name is Jrue. How does Dhodge Gibson sound?

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