Taj Gibson is making his return to the New York Knicks after being waived before the start of the season.
The team has won three straight games to improve to 5-3 on the year and is continuing to seek ways to get better. One such move was made Thursday, as Taj Gibson is making his return to the Knicks after being let go before the start of the season.
Free agent forward Taj Gibson is signing with the New York Knicks, his agent Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells ESPN. The Knicks are waiving forward Omari Spellman, sources said. @IanBegley first.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 7, 2021
Taj Gibson back with Thibs
Gibson and Thibodeau have been a duo for nearly a decade. The two were together in Chicago from 2010-15, and Gibson signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2017 to reunite with his former Bulls coach. Now the two are back together in New York.
Gibson spent the 2019 season with the Knicks and was let go before the start of the 2021 season. Perhaps actually having early success convinced the organization to bring back the 35-year-old. He already knows the team, so he should show up and not face any transitional period of having to learn too much.
The veteran forward has never been much of a scorer during his career. Instead, he averages over six rebounds per game and fits into the tough defensive style run by Thibodeau. So far this season, the Knicks rank third in the NBA in terms of points allowed per game. Maybe a change in coaching was far more important that bolstering the roster with stars all along.
The Knicks have beaten the Milwaukee Bucks this year and look like a legitimate playoff contender in the Eastern Conference with Julius Randle leading the way. Adding Gibson may be a sneaky move that makes Thibs’ Knicks even better on defense and in the standings.