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According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the Lakers have inquired about Chicago Bulls F Taj Gibson.

According to a source, the Lakers, Wizards and Bobcats have each inquired about Gibson, but they were preliminary talks in which the Bulls did not like the return.

Gibson is averaging 12.2 pts, 6.4 reb, 1.5 blk, 1.1 ast and is shooting 48.9% in 28.5 minutes per game.

The Bulls are looking to clear cap space to make a run at Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James this summer, and Gibson seems the most likely to be traded.

And while [Kirk] Hinrich and Mike Dunleavy have been churning in the trade rumor mill for more than a month, Taj Gibson’s name is the one that is picking up, and could determine how serious the Bulls are in clearing space for a max contract to land the likes of a Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James.

Stay tuned as the NBA trade deadline is fast approaching on February 20th.