Taj Gibson Signs With Team That is NOT The NY Knicks

In what can only be termed as a surprising development, long-time Tom Thibodeau favorite, and former New York Knicks forward Taj Gibson has signed on with the Detroit Pistons. 

It's a 10-day contract for the 15-year veteran, who actually spent 16 games with the Knicks earlier this year on a few 10-day contracts. 

But after New York let him go for salary cap and roster managing purposes, it was thought that Gibson would be happy to stay home for the rest of the year, if not his career, as he had intimated to a Knicks beat writer:

As Fred Katz wrote, "When Taj Gibson signed a 10-day with the Knicks a few weeks ago, he excitedly said to me, '10 more days I won't be binge-watching the Sopranos!' Guess he can take another break from the Sopranos now. Dude does not want to stop playing."

The surprising thing, however, is that the 38-year-old decided to join one of the worst teams in the NBA in the Pistons. They are tied with the Washington Wizards for last place in the entire Association, with 9-52 records. 

But Pistons coach Monty Williams was obviously looking for a veteran voice and a leader for the locker room, someone who can mentor, perhaps, the hot-headed Isaiah Stewart and the other very young players on the roster. Certainly, helping to establish a defensive mentality for the young bigs, which also include Jalen Duren and James Wiseman, would be something they'd look for from the veteran defensive-minded big man. 

Gibson was waived by the Knicks in January, then signed a couple of 10-days with them, before they cleared some room after the trade deadline. 

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