The 2021-22 New York Knicks are just about complete, and they look a whole lot like the 2020-21 Knicks.
Leon Rose and the front office rounded out the center rotation by re-signing Taj Gibson to a one-year deal on Tuesday afternoon.
Taj Gibson has agreed to a one-year, $2.7 million deal to return to the Knicks, Mark Bartelstein of @PrioritySports tells SNY.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) August 3, 2021
Since the Knicks were clearly interested in getting the band back together, re-signing Alec Burks, Derrick Rose and Nerlens Noel Monday, it made all the sense in the world to add Taj to that group. New York signed Gibson off the street last season when Mitchell Robinson went down with an injury, and the old man was masterful as a backup big. Taj played 45 games, averaging 5.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 20.8 minutes. It sounds cliché, but Taj was truly a coach on the floor for Tom Thibodeau.
Now that Taj is signed, where does that leave the Knicks? They have a couple million left and at least one open spot. Do they pursue a veteran point guard to support the injury-prone Rose and the kids backing him up? Do they go for another wing, because you can never have enough wings? We’ll see soon enough.