The Chicago Bulls traded Luol Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the start of January and recent rumors seem to suggest that the team could be moving another big star to kick off February. Rumors about Taj Gibson’s future in Chicago have started to swirl, but head coach Tom Thibodeau isn’t concerned.
Thibodeau spoke with Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune and noted that only serious trades get passed down to him from the front office, meaning rumors don’t mean diddly to him.
”The way that works is, when something gets close, they will come to me. But every conversation they’re having I don’t know about, nor do I want to know about. It’s important for me to focus on the guys we do have.”
Bulls fans hearing that Gibson might be traded are now urging Thibodeau to stop choosing favorites on the roster. Thibs was a champion of Luol Deng but saw him traded to Cleveland anyways. Now, not long after saying Gibson is a Sixth Man of the Year finalist for him, the Bulls have taken calls for Gibson as well.
The moral: Thibodeau needs to stop picking favorites because it seems to be the kiss of death.