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Like Lawson, talks between power forward Taj Gibson and the Chicago Bulls have hit a snag over— you guessed it— a few dolla dolla bills, y'all.
How many of those dollars? Eight million to be exact, according to the Chicago Tribune:
Talks between the Bulls and Mark Bartelstein, Gibson's Chicago-based agent, continue. Sources said the roughly $8 million gap over four years isn't atypical for this stage of negotiations. Gibson has said he wants to remain with the Bulls long term. He got a reminder of what chasing the final dollar can do on Saturday, when the Thunder traded James Harden to the Rockets.
The reason this is a smokescreen is exactly the same as Lawson: Both sides desperately want to get a deal done.
Chicago lost Omer Asik this offseason because the center's value was infinitely higher on the open market and Gibson will certainly see the same thing if he hits restricted free agency.
Gibson, meanwhile, seems to just want to get this thing over with already.
"I'm getting tired being asked questions about (my extension) and people worrying about it," said Gibson (via the Chicago Tribune). "I just want to get back to playing basketball, get focused on the season and helping this team win games."
Yep, this is getting done before Wednesday.