Thunder eye Chicago’s Taj Gibson

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Oklahoma City is a usual trade deadline team and it appears this year could be no different than last. ESPN’s Marc Stein is reporting Oklahoma City is eying Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson.

Gibson and the Thunder have been linked in the past but no real traction has taken place before.

Gibson who is only 31 years old, has been a staple in Chicago for many years. This season Gibson is averaging 11.6 points and seven rebounds on 52.6 percent shooting from the floor.

While Gibson would be a significant upgrade over the youth of Domantas Sabonis, he’s on an expiring contract this season. He’s making $9 million this season.

Fun fact about Gibson: He was originally drafted by Chicago in 2009 with the first round draft pick Oklahoma City sent to Chicago in exchange for Thabo Sefolosha.

Adrian Wojnarowski has already reporting Oklahoma City looks to be buyers today and could definitely be in the mix for someone, even if it’s not Gibson. Woj reported Oklahoma City

A report earlier this week suggested that the Thunder would like to add a wing scorer to their roster. Gibson doesn’t fit that bill, but he would add some additional toughness to a frontcourt that already features Steven Adams. Oklahoma City has also been linked to Wilson Chandler this week. That’s no longer in the works according to Sam Amick of USA Today.

Oklahoma City’s interior defense is one of the worst in the association. They’re giving up a ton of shots in the paint and give up the second most points in the paint. Gibson could really be a plug that helps stop this leak.

However, one thing to note: This is probably a leak from Chicago. They’re gauging value and trying to drive value up. Oklahoma City often doesn’t make the move that’s been reported. They often find a way to surprise you. This could be a deal that’s already dead in the water.

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