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Shorthanded Knicks bring back Taj Gibson

Taj Gibson playing for Knicks on March 10,

Taj Gibson playing for Knicks on March 10, 2020 has agreed to sign a deal and return.  Credit: AP/Luis M. Alvarez

The Knicks have completed a move to bring on board one of Tom Thibodeau’s favorite pupils: Taj Gibson.

They reached an agreement on Thursday to sign Gibson, who was cut loose when the team did not pick up the second year of his contract in November.

To make room for Gibson, who started 56 games for the Knicks last season, they waived forward Omari Spellman. They announced both moves Thursday night.

The Knicks have been shorthanded up front with Obi Toppin out since opening night and Nerlens Noel sidelined the last three games.

The Knicks acquired Spellman in an offseason trade of Ed Davis, picking up a second-round draft pick in the deal.

Spellman was a low-risk trial for the team, which was hopeful that after struggling for Minnesota, he could get in better condition and present a stretch-four option for the team. But he weighed in at 284 pounds and made only one brief preseason appearance before sitting out with knee soreness.

New York Sports