The Washington Wizards continue to be involved with trade rumors as the deadline gets closer. According to Pro Basketball Talk, the Chicago Bulls were in discussions with the Wizards for the possibility of a trade involving power forward Taj Gibson.
Washington’s top priority still remains at strengthening the frontcourt. Without a doubt, Gibson could help the Wizards during their playoff push this postseason. Gibson is currently averaging 12.9 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. Gibson is only in his fourth year in the NBA and has been developing in to a strong forward player. Though Gibson does not start in Chicago, he has played to a high level that deserves a starting spot.
Chicago has been rumored to have a lot of interest in Carmelo Anthony. Getting rid of Gibson would give the Bulls more cap room to create the Rose-Melo duo. Taj recently signed a contract extension in 2012 worth $38 million over four years. Washington could offer up Trevor Ariza for Gibson, but if they did, the Wizards would be locked into a contract with Gibson until 2017. While he is a good enough player, I do not believe it would be in Washington’s best interest to trade for Gibson.
Washington has been rebuilding for quite some time and there is much debate that the franchise is one piece away from being a contender. The Wizards should not trade for Gibson because the asking price would be too much. The franchise would be better off waiting for free agency, when the team can pursue who they like without any added pressure.