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Taj Gibson | Forward | #22

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (31) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 235
College: USC
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 1 (26) / CHI
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According to ESPN's Nick Friedell, Taj Gibson could be traded in the coming weeks.
With the Bulls rebuilding, this isn't a surprise and it's no secret that Chicago has listened to offers for Gibson in the past. He has just one year left on his deal that will pay him nearly $9 million, but he should have some value around the league. If the Bulls end up trading him, Bobby Portis' fantasy value would get a bump along with Nikola Mirotic. Jun 26 - 10:43 AM
Source: ESPN

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Taj Gibson (ribs) and E'Twaun Moore (left hamstring) are out for the remainder of the season.

It's not a surprise for either player, and the Bulls are simply making it official rather than dragging it out over the final two games of the year. Gibson's absence will open up a real opportunity for Cristiano Felicio with Pau Gasol's (knee) campaign also over, while Moore's continued stint on the sidelines will provide a clear path to minutes for Aaron Brooks with Derrick Rose's (rest) year also over.

Taj Gibson (ribs) is doubtful for Monday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He is traveling with the team, but Gibson likely won't play again this season. The Bulls will be eliminated from playoff contention if the Pacers beat the Nets on Sunday, so Chicago doesn't have any incentive to risk Gibson. Expect Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic to continue to fill the void at power forward.
Apr 10 - 1:48 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) will not play on Saturday vs. the Cavaliers and is likely out for the season.

The Bulls will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss on Saturday, so that would likely be the end of Gibson's season if that happens. With Gibson out on Saturday, Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis will both benefit in his absence.
Apr 9 - 12:02 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) is doubtful for Saturday's game against the Cavs.

He's likely out for the season. The Bulls will officially be eliminated from the playoffs with a win by the Pistons on Friday, so there likely won't be any reason to play Gibson. If he's out and the Bulls are indeed eliminated, Bobby Portis might get freed again. Nikola Mirotic and Cristiano Felicio would play more, too.
Apr 8 - 3:41 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) has officially been ruled out for Thursday's game against the Heat.

He really never had any shot of taking the court tonight, and he could very well be done for the year. Nikola Mirotic will continue to benefit most in his absence.
Apr 7 - 7:18 PM

Taj Gibson (cracked ribs) is doubtful to play Thursday vs. the Heat, and head coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that he may be done for the season.

The only cure for Gibson's cracked ribs is rest, and with just four games remaining on the schedule for Chicago, chances are there's not enough time for him to recover enough to make it back to the court this season. Bobby Portis and Nicola Mirotic will continue to pick up some extra minutes in his absence, with Mirotic being the better fantasy option.
Apr 7 - 6:52 PM

Taj Gibson (cracked ribs) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Heat.

Gibson is still dealing with cracked ribs and head coach Fred Hoiberg said he doesn't expect Gibson to suit up for Thursday's game. Barring a change in Gibson's status, Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic are in line to pick up extra minutes with Mirotic having the higher fantasy upside.
Apr 7 - 11:56 AM

Taj Gibson (cracked ribs) did not participate during Wednesday's practice, and Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that it's unlikely he plays Thursday's vs. the Heat.

Gibson can't shoot or extend his arms above his head without experiencing pain, so it would be shocking to see him suit up for Thursday's game in Miami after sitting out Wednesday's practice. Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic will continue to pick up some extra minutes in Gibson's absence, with Mirotic offering the most upside. Gibson could be shutdown for the season once Chicago is mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, so he's a cut-candidate in leagues without an IR-spot.
Apr 6 - 1:55 PM

Taj Gibson (cracked ribs) cannot shoot or extend his arms above his head without experiencing pain.

"When he goes up to shoot or he extends his arms over his head it grabs on him," Fred Hoiberg said. "It's too much pain to fight through right now, especially with as much impact as Taj takes, getting hit in that area. It's better than it was a couple of days ago, but he's still not quite ready." Gibson added that there's nothing he can do for the injury aside from rest, so for now, we're going to be considering him doubtful for Thursday's game in Miami. Nikola Mirotic benefits most sans Gibson.
Apr 6 - 12:50 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) will not play on Tuesday vs. the Heat.

He was listed as doubtful and is also expected to miss Thursday's game vs. the Heat. if the Bulls fall out of the playoff race, they may take the cautious approach and continue to hold out Gibson. Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic will both have to step up, but Mirotic is the better option in fantasy.
Apr 5 - 6:40 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) is doubtful to play on Tuesday vs. the Grizzlies and Thursday vs. the Heat.

He will travel with the team, but coach Fred Hoiberg made it clear that he isn't expecting Gibson to play. The Bulls' playoff hopes are still alive, but Gibson will be a shut-down candidate if they don't win their next two games. Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis will continue to benefit in his absence.
Apr 3 - 9:40 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) will not play on Sunday vs. the Bucks.

He isn't even going to warm up, so he could miss additional time. The Bulls' playoff hopes are quickly fading, so Gibson is a shut-down candidate down the stretch. Bobby Portis will draw another start, but Nikola Mirotic is the better fantasy option.
Apr 3 - 5:32 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) is doubtful to play Sunday vs. Milwaukee.

Gibson is dealing with a small fracture in his ribs, so if he does wind up gutting it out, he'll likely be extremely limited. He's not a great option in most leagues tonight. Bobby Portis and Nikola Mirotic will benefit most in his likely absence.
Apr 3 - 2:43 PM

Taj Gibson (ribs) did not play on Saturday against the Pistons.

He really wanted to play, but coach Fred Hoiberg may have had the last call. The Bulls losing this game has to hurt for Gibson. If he missed this huge game, he might be out for a few more.
Apr 2 - 10:36 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Jerian Grant
3Spencer Dinwiddie
4D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera
SG1Dwyane Wade
2Denzel Valentine
3Isaiah Canaan
4Thomas Walkup
SF1Jimmy Butler
2Doug McDermott
3Tony Snell
4Paul Zipser
5J.J. Avila
PF1Taj Gibson
2Nikola Mirotic
3Bobby Portis
4Vince Hunter
C1Robin Lopez
2Cristiano Felicio