According to Shams Charania of The Vertical, Taj Gibson has reached terms with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a two-year, $28 million deal.
Free agent Taj Gibson has agreed to a two-year, $28M deal with Minnesota, league sources tell The Vertical.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2017
Although the Thunder would have preferred to retain Gibson’s services, they couldn’t have afforded to pay him nearly as much as he deserves. The Thunder now must search for a power forward, as the only players capable of playing the four on the Thunder roster are Jerami Grant and Nick Collison.
Not only does Gibson get the pay day he deserves, but he also reunites with Tom Thibodeau in Minnesota, who coached Gibson in his years as a Chicago Bull. The ‘Wolves also shore up their rim protection, something lacking in years past. This signing solidifies the Timberwolves’ position as a force in the Western Conference.
In other free agency news, Rudy Gay is being courted by the Oklahoma City Thunder, and an unlikely source broke the news:
League sources tell Enes Kanter: 😲 pic.twitter.com/PJFyboVP42
— Enes Kanter (@Enes_Kanter) July 2, 2017
This immediately sent Twitter into a frenzy. Although Kanter’s tweet would indicate that Rudy Gay is on the fast track to signing with the Thunder, the deal is far from done:
Rudy Gay is in Oklahoma on a visit, but there is nothing signed, a source says. Sources also say @Enes_Kanter remains a lovable goofball.
— Fred Katz (@FredKatz) July 2, 2017
Gay, who suffered a season-ending Achille’s tendon injury last season, would likely start at the power forward position for the Thunder. Although many have labeled him as a chucker, Gay has never played with capable scorers like Russell Westbrook and Paul George.
Gay would be an interesting acquisition for the Thunder, but it’s all about the price point: if the Thunder can sign him at the mid-level exception, it’s a great deal in my book.