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Charlotte Bobcats receive: PF Taj Gibson
Bulls receive: PG Ramon Sessions, PF Anthony Tolliver, protected first-round pick from the Detroit Pistons (protected for selections one to eight in 2014), right to swap picks in 2015 and 2016*
*Since the Bulls currently possess a Bobcats protected pick (top-10 protected in 2014), the swapping of picks included in this deal is subject to delay based on where Charlotte falls in this year's draft.
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Taj Gibson is a coveted asset around the league. He's widely regarded as an elite post defender, and since he has now polished his offensive game, he appears like a player who could start on most squads.
What's more, his contract is also reasonable, especially if he ends up in a starting lineup somewhere.
But why would the Bulls trade him? Well, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times recently noted that Gibson could be on the Bulls' trading block and numerous teams have already inquired about him.
After the Bulls dealt Luol Deng, it became apparent that they are open to wheeling and dealing, and their aggressiveness in this realm could only just be beginning.
They may entertain the thought of trading Gibson because it would free up cap space to chase big-name free agents over the summer, namely Carmelo Anthony.
With this in view, a maneuver like this with Charlotte could appeal to Chicago's front office. The team would acquire two expiring contracts while also snagging a first-round pick and the right to swap selections for two seasons.
While such a trade won't enhance Chicago's play in the short term, it creates financial flexibility while also stashing some potentially rewarding draft picks into their future outlook.
From Charlotte's standpoint, the Bobcats are one of the teams that has inquired about Gibson. Since his skills are alluring to their front office, they might be willing to cough up draft picks to gain his services.