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The Rumor: According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Taj Gibson's name is picking up steam in trade talks.
The Verdict: Buy
Given the state of the Bulls, there are precious few players who likely aren't available for trade.
As Cowley notes, if the Bulls want to clear max cap space this offseason to chase a player like Carmelo Anthony in free agency, amnestying Carlos Boozer and finding a trade for Gibson may be the only real way to accomplish that without trading Joakim Noah or Derrick Rose.
After the Bulls dumped Luol Deng, there probably isn't a shortage of suitors for a solid two-way player like Gibson. According to Cowley's source, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats have all inquired about Gibson.
Of that group, the Bobcats likely make the most sense as a trading partner. Charlotte has the big expiring deal of Ben Gordon to play with and a need at power forward for the future. It's hard to see the Lakers taking on future salary, but the Wizards could look for a talent grab with some of their expiring frontcourt pieces as well.
There will be plenty of suitors for Gibson, and a close eye will be kept on the New York Knicks leading up to the deadline. If the Knicks fall flat and there is indication that Anthony would join forces with Rose and Noah in New York, perhaps trading Gibson for draft picks and cap space would become a more viable option. This won't be a deal that's made on a whim, though.
There would have to be some assurances from Anthony's camp to likely justify clearing Gibson's future salary off the books.