The Bulls celebrated Halloween with some very good news.
And I’m not talking about their season-opening win over the Sacramento Kings.
So we don’t have to worry about Gibson pulling an Omer Asik next summer.
Said Gibson: “You just do want to see what else is out there (in the free-agency market), but then you look (and think) you don’t want to be in some hell hole somewhere just chasing the bucks. It’s a great team here, family, organization. I just made a decision that would help me and my family.
“At the end of the day, I asked my agent (Mark Bartelstein), ‘What do you think?’ ‘Don’t give me the bullcrap, just be real with me,’ and he was real with me. He said, ‘I don’t want you to turn this down.’ He said, ‘I know we can probably get more this summer, but it’s all about if you’re happy or not.’ And he said, ‘I want you to take this; it’s too much of a risk to go out there, you never know what can happen.’ ”
Added Joakim Noah: “I’m happy, man. That’s my young boy. Taj is my young boy … I’m really happy. It’s very well deserved. I see Taj’s grind every day. And I know how much he fights every night to represent for the Bulls. That’s just the icing on the cake. I’ve been through it so I know it’s an unbelievable feeling. It’s a very stressful situation, too, because a lot of people are telling you what you should do, what you shouldn’t do. But at the end of the day, there’s very few people that get it. It’s a very unique situation to be in. But with that amount of money comes a lot of responsibility, but Taj is a hard worker and somebody who really deserves (the deal).”
Locking up a key part of the team is always a relief. And, honestly, neither Gibson nor the team needed the whole “impending restricted free agency” thing looming as a distraction all season long. Not with Derrick Rose already slated to miss a huge chunk (or all) of the season.
Still…it makes me wonder…does this extension increase the probability of the Bulls using the amnesty provision to jettison Carlos Boozer’s contract next summer? I guess we’ll find out.