Break our your excel sheets and update your salary cap room projections, everyone. Taj Gibson was not named to either NBA All-Defense team on Monday afternoon, which means the Bulls will have an extra $250,000 in cap room. Only in the world of professional sports is that a mostly insignificant and negligible amount of money.
Oh, maybe we buried the lead: Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah was named First Team All-Defense along with Andre Iguodala, Paul George, Serge Ibaka and Chris Paul. Jimmy Butler was named second team All-Defense alongside LeBron James, Patrick Beverley, Kawhi Leonard and Roy Hibbert. Mike McGraw reports Gibson and Hinrich also received votes and that Noah was the leading vote getter.
Noah was essentially a lock for this honor, and we're still waiting to see if he makes First Team All-NBA that will trigger a $500K bonus. Butler is a bit more of a surprise, but he's certainly deserving. My first thought was how this affects a possible extension before the season. Not that anyone cares what I think, but if the Bulls could lock in Jimmy for $5 or $6 million per season, I would do it.