Taj hopes extension beats deadline


DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, who's entering his fourth season, said Thursday he remains optimistic a contract extension can be worked out before the Oct. 31 deadline for fourth-year players.

"I'm hopeful," Gibson said. "I'm always hopeful. There is where I want to stay, this is where I hopefully want to retire one day. So we'll have to wait and see."

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