Milwaukee Bucks: 3 veteran free agents who could “ring chase” with team

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Free agent Taj Gibson could chase a ring with the Milwaukee Bucks

After years of playing against the Bucks in the Central Division with the Chicago Bulls, Taj Gibson could make his way to Milwaukee to chase his first championship.

Gibson played in 45 games last year for the New York Knicks, clocking just under 21 minutes a game, as well as starting three of their five playoff games. He doesn’t hold as much on-court value as J.J. Redick, but he can still provide a presence on the offensive glass. The 36-year-old also found some extra juice as a rim protector this past season as his five percent block percentage was the highest of his career.

Gibson has only been to one Conference Final in his career — way back in 2011 — so he could be in search of a championship as his career winds down, or he could continue to play for long-time coach Tom Thibodeau with the Knicks.

If Bobby Portis and/or P.J. Tucker depart in free agency, Gibson would be a solid and cheap replacement for their production as an offensive rebounder as well as their toughness and veteran presence (in the case of Tucker). Gibson does seem like the perfect ring chasing veteran at this point because of his aforementioned toughness, and his skillset can still help him find a role on any team in need of a backup big.

The Bucks also reportedly had an interest in Gibson previously when he was a free agent in the summer of 2019, so it’s not as if Jon Horst and Co. haven’t thought about this possibility before!