Taj Gibson hopeful for Bulls extension

Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson said Thursday he remains optimistic a contract extension can be worked out before the Oct. 31 deadline for fourth-year players.

“I’m hopeful,” Gibson said. “I’m always hopeful. This is where I want to stay, this is where I hopefully want to retire one day. So we’ll have to wait and see.”

Gibson’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPNChicago.com on Thursday that talks are ongoing.

If a deal is not worked out by the deadline, Gibson would become a restricted free agent at the end of the season and be able to sign an offer sheet that the Bulls would have the option to match.

– Reported by Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago