In what may be the first major sign that the Chicago Bulls are dedicated to landing a superstar player this summer, a report from the Chicago Sun Times indicates that the Bulls are willing to trade Taj Gibson.
Sources told Joe Cowley of the Sun Times that the Bulls would be willing to trade Gibson if it meant landing a superstar player this summer.
After the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs, the Sun-Times reported that Joakim Noah not only actively recruited Anthony at the All-Star Game, but he stayed on him throughout the second half of the season. The catch was that Noah didn’t want teammate Taj Gibson sacrificed to bring Anthony over.
The front office agreed with Noah, but according to a source, that grip might have loosened if it means adding a proven All-Star-caliber player.
The obvious reason why the Bulls would be willing to trade Gibson is that it would open a significant amount of cap room for the Bulls to be able to go after the likes of LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
In fact, behind amnestying Carlos Boozer, trading Gibson is the next best way for the Bulls to open up cap space.
The issue is that the Bulls do not want a repeat of 2010. In 2010, the Bulls traded away Kirk Hinrich in order to open up space to sign James, Dwayne Wade, or Chris Bosh. The problem with that is the Bulls landed Carlos Boozer.
For the Bulls to trade Gibson, that would mean that the team is absolutely certain of their chances to land a superstar. Not a Boozer type, but a James or Anthony type.