Cavs guard Daniel Gibson is excited about having moved his way up the franchise record book in 3-point shooting. However, he knows that in order to catch up to LeBron James and Mark Price in the category, he’s going to need to spend more time in Cleveland. Yesterday in Atlanta, Gibson told reporters, including Jason Lloyd of the Beacon Journal, that he intends to do just that.
“That’s going to take another contract with more years,” Gibson said. “But I’m game. I would love to be here for my entire time and then see where I finish up…I just feel like I’m becoming part of the Cleveland history, and to me, that’s what it’s all about. It’s that longevity and being with that one team and building something there. I appreciate that.”
Gibson, 26, is in the final year of his contract and making a shade under $4.8MM. It stands to reason that the Cavs would look to retain Gibson has coach Byron Scott has long considered him to be one of the best perimeter defenders on the squad. They’ll also have the roster space for him as there are just six guaranteed players under contract for next season. Of course, Gibson will earn considerably less than he is now on his next deal.
The seventh-year vet has averaged 8.2 PPG, 2.1 RPG, and 2.0 APG across his NBA career. Gibson underwent surgery on his left foot and ankle over the offseason but hasn’t shown any ill effects from the procedure thus far.