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Taj Gibson | Forward

Team: Chicago Bulls
Age / DOB:  (30) / 6/24/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 225
College: USC
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Updating a previous report, Taj Gibson's left ankle surgery was done in order to fix "badly damaged ligaments and clean out bone spurs."
The prognosis after the surgery is that nothing is chronic, and he the ankle that's given him problems in the past should be good as new after his four month rehabilitation. This is certainly a positive report as he's dealt with issues in his left ankle for two years now, and he was forced to miss 17 games during the 2014-15 season after spraining that ankle three times. Gibson compiled averages of 10.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks during the regular-season, but he'll be fighting for minutes with the likes of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic next year, so it could be difficult for him to offer value to teams in standard leagues next season if he remains in Chicago. Jun 19 - 1:13 PM

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Taj Gibson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle on Tuesday, and he is expected to be sidelined for the next 4 months.

Gibson should be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, although he may miss some training camp. This is the same ankle that he sprained three times during the 2014-15 season, and resulted in him missing 17 games, so hopefully he can put these ankle issues behind him. It'll be interesting to see how Gibson is utilized under new head coach Fred Hoiberg, but his minutes could take a bit of a hit if Hoiberg looks to give Nikola Mirotic a more predominant role in the rotation.
Jun 19 - 11:15 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune, Taj Gibson's name could come up in trade talks.

Gibson is no stranger to trade rumors thanks to his reasonable contract and his ability on both ends of the floor, so this isn't too surprising. This is purely speculation right now, but the Bulls will seemingly have to make some moves to avoid the luxury tax with Jimmy Butler likely to receive a max contract. Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are pretty much locked in as the starting frontcourt for next season, and the emergence of Nikola Mirotic would likely make it easier for the Bulls to part ways with Gibson. We will be monitoring this story very closely this summer.
May 17 - 11:18 AM

Taj Gibson played just 15 minutes against the Cavs on Thursday with two points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block.

Nikola Mirotic played just 13 minutes with seven points, one rebound and one steal. The Bulls went with some smaller lineups and turned in one of their worst games of the season. While Gibson and Mirotic are both capable of starting on most NBA teams, they're likely to be in a similar role next year. Plus, it doesn't help Mirotic that he was a letdown at small forward.
May 14 - 10:37 PM

Taj Gibson will be suspended for a game if he picks up another technical foul.

With his ejection Tuesday night, Gibson picked up his third point as a result of two flagrant fouls, which means another flagrant foul would trigger an automatic suspension - one game for a flagrant-1 and two games for a flagrant-2. While Gibson and the Bulls don't agree with his ejection on Tuesday, he'll need to be careful as the Bulls attempt to even up their series with Cleveland on Thursday.
May 14 - 9:33 AM

Taj Gibson, who was ejected for kicking Matthew Dellavedova in Game 5, said that the incident wasn't a dirty play.

"It was not a dirty play at all," Gibson said. "He just leg locked me, and I was trying to get my foot out there. He was pretty strong for a little guy." To put it lightly, it was a very controversial call and it's highly unlikely that the league will suspend him. With Pau Gasol (hamstring) questionable for Game 6, Gibson's presence has never been more important as the Bulls look to keep their playoff hopes alive.
May 13 - 9:14 AM

Taj Gibson had 10 points, five rebounds and one block in 26 minutes before being ejected from Tuesday's game for kicking Matthew Dellavedova.

Gibson was shaking his leg free as Dellavedova tried to lock him up, but he got overzealous and the refs decided to toss him. It was a borderline call and it's very unlikely that he'll be suspended -- you can view the play via the link below. Pau Gasol (hamstring) is hopeful that he can return for Thursday's crucial Game 6, so anyone relying on Gibson should keep an eye on Chicago's injury report.
Source: Vine
May 12 - 10:01 PM

Taj Gibson left Sunday's Game 4 loss to the Cavs during the closing minutes of the fourth quarter and did not return, finishing with six points (2-of-7 FGs, 2-of-2 FTs), eight rebounds, two assists, one block and one turnover through 34 minutes.

The severity of Gibson's injury is unclear at this point, but we're sure to get plenty of updates on his status heading into Game 5 on Tuesday. For now we'll consider Gibson questionable, and with Pau Gasol's (hamstring) status also up in the air for Tuesday, Nikola Mirotic could be forced into heavy minutes for the Bulls. However, Mirotic didn’t play very well at all on Sunday, going 1-of-9 from the field for three points, three rebounds, three blocks and two turnovers. The Bulls could be in trouble.
May 10 - 6:32 PM

Taj Gibson will be in the starting lineup for Game 4 against the Cavs on Sunday with Pau Gasol (hamstring) unavailable.

Gibson has been playing phenomenally for Chicago, and he was the obvious choice to slide into the starting lineup today. He'll likely see around 30 minutes of action, and he's certainly someone to target in daily leagues with averages of 11.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game as a starter. Nikola Mirotic is also very likely to log extended minutes today, and he'll look to build off his 12-point, 8-rebound effort from Friday. He too makes sense as a plug-and-play option in daily leagues.
May 10 - 3:02 PM

Taj Gibson was a key to the Bulls' Game 3 win on Friday, playing some great defense while adding nine points, nine rebounds and one block in 23 minutes off the bench.

Gibson could benefit with Joakim Noah and Pau Gasol both struggling with injuries, but even if those guys are healthy he and Nikola Mirotic have made a strong case for more minutes. Tom Thibodeau deserves some credit for moving in that direction tonight, but the progress in that department has been much too slow.
May 8 - 11:14 PM

Head coach Tom Thibodeau showered praise on Taj Gibson for what he brings to the table.

"Taj is always important," Thibodeau said. "That's the one thing you can't overlook, what he brings to our team, his defense, his rebounding. He's probably our best low-post defender. He's our best guy at moving his feet." Gibson's role in this series is crucial, as he will provide additional defense on LeBron James and will also help to clean up the glass. Nikola Mirotic played just two minutes in Game 1 while Gibson saw 28 minutes, so it looks like he will be the primary big off the bench moving forward in this series.
Source: NBA.com
May 6 - 9:53 AM

Taj Gibson scored eight points on 3-of-5 shooting with five rebounds and one assist in 28 minutes off the bench in Monday's Game 1 win over the Cavs.

Gibson is in there to help combat LeBron James and it's clear he has Tom Thibodeau's trust. He came up holding his left knee after a fall but it didn't keep him from missing any time. Owners will probably want to expect numbers like these and anything above and beyond that is icing on the cake.
May 4 - 9:55 PM

Taj Gibson played 25 minutes against the Bucks on Saturday with eight points, four rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Nikola Mirotic didn't take much of his minutes with Taj only losing four from his 29 in Game 3. He'll continue to get minutes in the upper 20s in this series and may even be more important in the next round against the Cavs.
Apr 25 - 8:38 PM

Taj Gibson is dealing with injuries to his left ankle and left shoulder, but that won't keep him off the court during the Bulls' first-round series with the Bucks.

"It's tough," Gibson said of his injuries. "But you still have to go out there and do your best... It's the playoffs. You can't worry about injuries right now. I'm just trying to be there for my teammates any way I can." After struggling through 11 minutes of action during Game 2, Gibson returned as a key piece to the Bulls' rotation during Game 3, playing 29 minutes and hauling in 10 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic's status is still up in the air for Game 4 on Saturday, so Gibson could again be forced to log significant minutes for the Bulls. He's a low-end option in fantasy leagues.
Apr 24 - 1:36 PM

Taj Gibson played 29 minutes against the Bucks on Thursday with six points, 10 rebounds, two assists and one block.

His energy was big time and the Bulls did not miss Nikola Mirotic (knee), especially with Tony Snell and Mike Dunleavy hitting eight treys combined. With Mirotic likely out for Game 4, expect Gibson to see a similar allotment of playing time as the Bulls look to close out this series.
Apr 23 - 11:36 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Derrick Rose
2Kirk Hinrich
3E'Twaun Moore
SG1Jimmy Butler
2Tony Snell
SF1Doug McDermott
PF1Pau Gasol
2Taj Gibson
3Nikola Mirotic
4Bobby Portis
5Cameron Bairstow
C1Joakim Noah