The Bulls hope to re-sign Taj Gibson to a long-term deal before the beginning of the season. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
The Chicago Bulls are looking to re-sign forward Taj Gibson to a long-term contract and hope to real a deal before the beginning of the NBA season this fall, according to a report from Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. Gibson, who is set to make $2.1 million next season, will become a free agent July 2013:
[E]xpect the Bulls to engage in long-term contract negotiations with backup power forward Taj Gibson after filling out their roster in free agency...there is hope that a deal can be reached prior to the beginning of the regular season.
According to the report, Gibson, 27, is "highly coveted" by teams because of his ability to defend multiple positions and the Bulls know they will need someone to provide relief for center Joakim Noah, who the team has signed through 2015-16.
To provide another big man on the team, Sam also reports that the Bulls are looking into signing Darko Milicic, who was amnestied this summer from the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was set to make $5.2 million next season with the Wolves, so he could provide an inexpensive, low-risk option for Chicago's frontcourt:
As for the Bulls’ ongoing free-agent pursuit, frontcourt help could reportedly come in the form of center Darko Milicic, according to reports,
The Bulls could potentially lose center Omer Asik this offseason to the Houston Rockets, who have offered the Turkish big man $25 million over three years. Included in the deal is what's known around the league as a "poison pill" of $15 million for Asik's third year, a contract almost identical to the one the team used to successfully lure Jeremy Lin away from the New York Knicks.