Chicago Bulls Rumors: Taj Gibson, Tom Thibodeau Reunion in Minnesota Not a Long Shot

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/06/17 02:46PM EST

The Minnesota Timberwolves were reportedly interested in Taj Gibson during the offseason for one obvious reason - Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau. The Gibson-Thibodeau reunion did not materialize last summer, but there is still a chance for it to happen before trade deadline in February.

Gibson is a playing a bigger role in Chicago this season but he could find himself moving to another team next month. The Bulls are expected to entertain offers for Rajon Rondo, who has expressed his frustration over his recent benching after starting earlier in the season.

There will be no shortage of suitors for Rondo as the trade deadline nears. But according to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Bulls will have to include one of their big men in order to find a taker for Rondo.

The names Nikola Mirotic and Bobby Portis are expected to float in any negotiation, but the Bulls are unlikely to move both rising stars. At 31 years old and with eight years of NBA experience under his belt, Gibson could be the odd man out in Chicago.

Gibson could be packaged with Rondo but it does not mean the former USC standout will end up with the team that acquired the disgruntled point guard. This is where the Timberwolves could enter the picture, as they could act as the third team in a trade that will land them Gibson in the process.

Thibodeau has made it no secret that he wants some of his former players in his current team. Aside from Gibson, Thibodeau reportedly made a strong push during the offseason to acquire Bulls superstar Jimmy Butler. However, the Bulls decided to keep the All-Star shooting guard in Windy City.

Gibson also admitted in previous interviews that he enjoyed playing under Thibodeau. The veteran power forward had nothing but praises for his former coach earlier in the season.

"He was hard-nosed coach and he loved to have his players go lay it on the line," Gibson said via CSN Chicago. "Every practice, we played hard. Every game we went out there and played hard. Everybody knew what kind of team we were. We were a hard-nosed defensive kind of team."

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