Knicks signing Taj Gibson after Mitchell Robinson’s ankle injury in latest reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau
For the New York Knicks, Tom Thibodeau is bringing in a player who is already recognizable to the team.
His agency told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the Knicks signed free-agent center Taj Gibson to a guaranteed contract for the rest of the season on Wednesday. Gibson will team up with Thibodeau for the fourth time.
The signing of Gibson came days after Knicks big Mitchell Robinson had left ankle surgery. Robinson, who went down in their loss to the Celtics last week, will miss 8-10 weeks after surgery. Robinson, 25, was averaging 6.2 points and 10.3 rebounds before his injury.
Gibson played nearly 10 minutes per game off the bench for the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds. From then on, the 38-year-old was free.
Gibson joined Thibodeau after being drafted 26th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2009. Before to Washington, he played for Thibodeau's Minnesota Timberwolves and Knicks for three seasons.
Over the course of his career, Gibson has averaged 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. With Thibodeau in charge, the Knicks have a record of 138-120 in their fourth season.
Gibson will try to keep the Knicks in check until Robinson returns later this season, even though Robinson will almost definitely reclaim his starting position with the team.
This season, the Knicks are 13-9 heading into Wednesday's game versus Utah. They trail the Eastern Conference-leading Celtics by four games after winning four of their past six.
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