Chicago Bulls Rumors: Toronto Raptors Working on Trade for Chicago Bulls Starter

Chicago Bulls Rumors: Toronto Raptors Working on Trade for Chicago Bulls Starter

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By trading guard Derrick Rose and center Joakim Noah to the New York Knicks this offseason, the Chicago Bulls officially transitioned into a new era.

The team moved past the era of Rose and Tom Thibodeau and into the age of Jimmy Butler, and perhaps coach Fred Hoiberg if he sticks around.

One holdout from the old era is longtime Bulls big man Taj Gibson. He’s a consistent presence in the frontcourt rotation, but a less than ideal fit for the Bulls current roster where he plays in a starting lineup with four non-shooters.

Chicago’s front office is searching for ways to shakeup a struggling roster before the trade deadline, and, according to this report from Sean Deveney of Sporting News, Gibson may be the first to go as the Toronto Raptors have expressed interest in the longtime Bull.

According to league sources, the Raptors have been actively involved discussions for at least three power forwards: Serge Ibaka of Orlando, the Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari and the Bulls’ Taj Gibson. Toronto has collected a stockpile of young assets — Norman Powell, Bruno Caboclo, Jakob Poeltl, Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet are all 23 or younger — and the Raptors hold their own first-round draft pick, plus the Clippers’ pick, this season.”

The Raptors are in desperate need of a more reliable option at the four, so they have a long list of targets for a potential trade. But Gibson definitely seems like the most realistic.

The Bulls would be lucky to get a return of a first-round pick and a player like Norman Powell. The Raptors may be the perfect team to take advantage of in a trade, as their championship aspirations slip through their fingers due to their struggles in 2017.

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