Though he’s getting up there in age, Gibson is a coach’s dream. He’s a terrific defender that is quick enough to guard most power forwards, tough enough to bang with bulky centers, and long enough to protect the rim. He gets the job done no matter how many minutes he plays. The Cheap Jerseys Rugby Bulls and Thunder both wanted younger players to play over him — Nikola Mirotic, Domantas Sabonis — but Gibson beat both out to secure the lion’s share of the power forward minutes.
Gibson is a throwback player without three-point range, but he is a proficient mid-range shooter and can punish smaller players in the post with tough moves. He’s a much better defensive player than Dieng, actually outrebounded him last year (especially on the offensive glass), and can be just as accurate in the mid-range area. For a team that needs to improve its defense, Gibson is a much better fit in the starting lineup.
Minnesota traded Ricky Rubio to Utah to clear enough space to make big splashes in free agency, then came away with Jeff Teague and Gibson. That’s a decent haul, but the Wolves haven’t solved their perimeter shooting woes and still have several bench holes on their roster to fill. Minnesota appears to be out of the Paul Millsap sweepstakes as well, though clearing enough cap space or agreeing to a sign-and-trade arrangement to land him was always a long shot.
Brooklyn has a history of swinging and missing on restricted free agents, and this Cheap Jerseys Pay With Paypal summer is no different. The Nets threw massive offer sheets at Allen Crabbe and Tyler Johnson last summer, and those were matched. Porter’s was, too.
But now, Brooklyn can shift its efforts to signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was a restricted free agent before the Pistons renounced his rights and made him unrestricted.