Veteran Forward Taj Gibson Returns to the Wizard

Taj Gibson with the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Taj Gibson with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Image by SusanLesch/Wikipedia

Veteran forward Taj Gibson won’t ride off to the sunset anytime soon. Gibson, who turned 38 in June, agreed to a return to the Washington Wizards for what will be his 15th season in the NBA.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gibson inked a one-year deal that will see him earning $3.2 million in the 2023-24 NBA season. The news was confirmed by the player’s agent Mark Bartelstein of Priority Sports.

Gibson signed as a free agent with the Wizard last summer. While he hasn’t filled the scoreboard, averaging a career-low 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game, the veteran brought valuable veteran leadership that the coaching staff appreciated.

Washington probably doesn’t count on Gibson to make much impact on the court this upcoming season and views him as a mentor to their younger play. He will also be a reliable backup at center and forward positions, considering that the team traded Kristaps Porzingis earlier in the offseason.

Taj Gibson started his NBA career with the Chicago Bulls as a late first-round pick in 2009. Gibson left the franchise after seven and a half seasons and went on to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Minnesota Timberwolves, and the New York Knicks. His career averages include 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game.

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