Knicks Re-sign Taj Gibson for Rest of Season on Non-guaranteed Deal

‣ The New York Knicks have signed a free agent deal with veteran center Taj Gibson for the rest of the 2023-24 season.
‣ Gibson is joining the Knicks in response to starting center Mitchell Robinson requiring ankle surgery, which could keep him out for two to three months.
‣ This will be the fourth time Gibson will be working with Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau.

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Well, this just in. The New York Knicks have decided to shake things up a bit. They’ve gone ahead and agreed to a free agent deal with Taj Gibson, a seasoned center. Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports let the cat out of the bag this Wednesday.

Gibson’s not new to the game, he’s 38 and has seen his fair share of the court. He’s joining the Knicks in the wake of some unfortunate news. Mitchell Robinson, their starting center, is going under the knife for a left ankle surgery. The recovery could bench him for a couple of months, maybe even three.

To make room for Gibson, the Knicks had to let go of guard Dylan Windler. A bit of a bummer, but that’s the game.

Now, if you’re a betting person, you might want to pay attention to this. According to a bunch of NBA betting sites, the Knicks are not exactly the top dogs this season. They’re sitting at the 16th-shortest odds to win the championship. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat are looking a bit more promising, according to the sportsbooks.

A little flashback for ya. Gibson, who stands tall at 6-foot-9, was the 26th overall pick by the Chicago Bulls in the 2009 NBA Draft. He came straight out of USC. He played eight seasons with the Bulls, then one with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and two with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

In 2019, Gibson signed as a free agent with the Knicks. He’s a Brooklyn native and played three seasons with New York. But then, they waived him during the 2022 offseason.

Fast forward a bit, Gibson inked a deal with the Washington Wizards. He spent the entire 2022-23 season with them. But, they waived him this past October. And now, he’s yet to make his 2023-24 debut with a team.

Gibson’s got an impressive record. He’s played 945 NBA games and started in 449 of them. His career averages are 8.7 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 block, and 23.8 minutes per game. He’s got a 51.8% field goal percentage and a 71.3% free throw percentage.

This will be the fourth time Gibson is teaming up with Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau. Thibodeau, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, has coached Gibson during the peak Derrick Rose era, with Minnesota, then with the Knicks for three years. And now, they’re back together for another stint in New York.

James Shotwell
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