Chicago Bulls Rumors: Taj Gibson A Good Alternative For Toronto Raptors

By James Johansson, Posted: 01/10/17 01:37PM EST

The Toronto Raptors are still considered the biggest threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference. But whether the Raptors and their fans accept it or not, they need to make big moves in order to push the Cavs to the limit if they meet again deep in the playoffs this year.

The Raptors, who are currently second in the East with their 24-13 record, are continuously being linked to a possible deal for Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap. However, acquiring Millsap is a long shot at this point, leaving them with no choice but to search for alternatives, like Chicago Bulls workhorse Taj Gibson.

Millsap could make the Raptors a bigger threat to the defending champions. However, the Hawks have already changed their minds and are not planning to trade Millsap anymore before the deadline, ESPN reported.

With Millsap out of the picture, the Raptors could search for other power forwards who could be a factor in the playoffs. Gibson fits the billing, as he is considered as one of the most underrated power forwards in the league, Blog A Bull reported.

The Bulls, who are in a transition year following the departure of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, might decide to trade Gibson. The hardworking power forward wants to win, but the Bulls are nowhere near becoming a contender in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls could get a young prospects or draft picks in a trade involving Gibson. This will give them additional pieces in their rebuilding. Giving up Gibson could also push them down in the standings, thus getting a high pick in the draft. Gibson's departure will also give youngsters Nikola Mirotic, Cristiano Felicio and Bobby Portis chances to shine.

On the other hand, the Raptors will get a 31-year-old forward who could contribute on both ends of the floor. The seven-year veteran is averaging 11.8 points on top of 6.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per game this season.

But if he will have it his way, Gibson said that he wants to stay in Chicago. He pointed out the organization has been very good to him, which is the reason why he wants to help the team succeed in the long run.

"I'm blessed to be here a long time," Gibson told the Chicago Tribune. "I remember over the years a lot of trade rumors, a lot of times I thought I wasn't going to make it through. They stayed with me. It speaks to my character."

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