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Midday Stampede: Bulls To Make Taj Gibson a Priority

The front office is looking to get Taj inked to a long term deal before next summer

By Bryan Crawford
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 5:16 PM CDT
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Midday Stampede: Bulls To Make Taj Gibson a Priority

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The Chicago Bulls want to sign Taj Gibson to a long-term deal before he becomes a free-agent next summer.

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According to a Pro Basketball Talk report, the Chicago Bulls are aiming to make Taj Gibson a priority and get his contract situation straightened prior to next summer when he’ll be a free agent. The Bulls value Gibson and what he brings to the team and are looking to avoid an Omer Asik situation where he signs an offer sheet with another team that would make it difficult for Chicago to match.

Gibson has been one of the more consistent players on the team since being drafted late in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft out of the University of Southern California.

During the lockout shortened 2011-2012 season Gibson played 63 games and averaged 7.7 points and 5.3 rebounds while shooting almost 50 percent (.495) from the field.  His numbers improved in the playoffs as he averaged 9.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in six games.

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