Taj Gibson

Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

Bank shot: You won't believe how much more money Derrick Rose's former teammates are making compared to him

At one time, Derrick Rose was cruising towards becoming one of the NBA's highest-paid players.

Not any longer. 

The point guard agreed to terms with the Cleveland Cavaliers on a one-year, $2.1 million deal - otherwise known as the veterans minimum - on Tuesday. That's quite a fall from grace for the 2011 MVP. 

To be fair, the 28-year-old could have pocketed more if he signed with a number of other teams, but he prioritzed winning this offseason. 

Either way, for a guy coming off his best offensive season (18 points per game on 47 percent shooting) since 2012, the low salary is somewhat of a surprise. 

To contextualize the deal, here's a look at former Bulls teammates who will bring home more bacon next season: 

Player | 2017-2018 salary | 2016-2017 points per game | 2016-2017 rebounds per game | 2016-2017 assists per game 

Jimmy Butler | $19.3 million | 23.9 points | 6.2 rebounds | 5.5 assists

Joakim Noah | $17.8 million | 5.0 points | 8.8 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Luol Deng | $17.1 million | 7.6 points | 5.3 rebounds | 1.3 assists

Pau Gasol | $16 million | 12.4 points | 7.8 rebounds | 2.3 assists

Taj Gibson | $14 million | 10.8 points | 6.2 rebounds | 0.9 assists

Omer Asik | $10.6 million | 2.7 points | 5.3 rebounds | 0.5 assists

Tom Thibodeau | $10 million | 24.2 "ice" yells per game

Tony Snell | $9.9 million | 8.5 points | 3.1 rebounds | 1.2 assists

E'Twaun Moore | $8.4 million | 9.6 points | 2.1 rebounds | 2.2 assists

Cristiano Felicio | $7.8 million | 4.8 points | 4.7 rebounds | 0.6 assists

D.J. Augustin | $7.2 million | 7.9 points | 1.5 rebounds | 2.7 asssists

Kyle Korver | $7.8 million |10.1 points | 2.8 rebounds | 1.6 assists

Marco Belinelli | $6.6 million | 10.5 points | 2.4 rebounds | 2.0 assists

Justin Holiday | $4.6 million | 7.7 points | 2.7 rebounds | 1.2 assists

Doug McDermott | $3.3 million | 9.0 points | 2.7 rebounds | 0.9 assists

* We're not sure the exact salary of Brian Scalabrine, but the Big 3 may be paying him more than $2.1 million. * 

 

 

Introducing the TimberBulls: What Minnesota's new logo should be following mini Bulls reunion

Introducing the TimberBulls: What Minnesota's new logo should be following mini Bulls reunion

In case you missed it, Tom Thibodeau is getting the band back together in Minnesota.

After acquiring Jimmy Butler via trade on draft night, the Timberwolves signed Taj Gibson to a two-year, $28 million deal on Sunday, creating a reunion of former Bulls members.

The Timberwolves have already ushered in the new era by switching up their logo following the conclusion of last season. But with the reuniting of Thibs, Butler and Gibson, they may need to update it again — and change their name.

Introducing the Minnesota TimberBulls:

The only thing that's left to do is for Thibodeau to go out and snag Derrick Rose.

Thibs getting the band back together: Taj Gibson agrees to deal with Timberwolves

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Thibs getting the band back together: Taj Gibson agrees to deal with Timberwolves

Not to be outdone by Jimmy Butler's reunion with head coach Tom Thibodeau, Taj Gibson is reportedly also on his way to Minnesota.

The former Bulls power forward has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $28 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Gibson played for Thibodeau the first six seasons of his NBA career. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 24.7 minutes per game, including a career-best season in 2013-14 (13.0 points, 6.8 rebounds).

The Bulls dealt Gibson at February's trade deadline to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Doug McDermott. He averaged 9.0 points and 4.5 rebounds in a smaller role behind Steven Adams and Enes Kanter.

In Minnesota he'll be tasked to be the veteran - along with Butler - on a young Timberwolves team that features budding star Karl-Anthony Towns.