Chicago Bulls: James Harden
October, 28, 2012
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
Ronald Martinez/Getty ImagesThe James Harden trade was not lost on Taj Gibson, who also has until Wednesday to get an extension.DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Taj Gibson understands exactly what James Harden is going through.
The Bulls' fourth-year forward saw the Harden trade to Houston go down Saturday night and knew that his own fate would be decided one way or another soon. Gibson, like Harden, is up for a contract extension this season. If the Bulls and Gibson's camp, led by agent Mark Bartelstein, can't come to a deal by the Oct. 31 deadline, Gibson would become a restricted free agent at season's end. While the odds aren't high that the Bulls would deal Gibson even if they can't come to an agreement before the deadline, the option is still possible as evidenced by Harden's situation.
"I knew James since he was 14,15 playing high school out in California," Gibson said after Sunday's practice. "So to see his (evolution into) being a good player and see him go through these things, the same thing I'm going through, it's kind of mind blowing, but I'm happy for him. I know that know he can just focus on playing and trying to help the team win and that's the only thing I'm really focused on right now."