The Bulls reportedly have told Taj Gibson to prepare to start for the team in the 2014-15 season.
This may no surprise to Bulls fans, as Carlos Boozer's departure has been expected for some time, and Gibson helped solidify his status with a career year.
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Gibson was told "to get my body and mind right to be a starter."
"This will be exciting," Gibson told the Sun-Times. "This is what I've always thought about. When I started [those six games] for Boozer when he was hurt during the season, I just know how excited I was, how good it felt to come to the arena."
But Gibson took to Twitter and denied the reports:
Nobody told me anything, this is why I don't talk to media.— Taj Gibson (@TajGibson22) May 23, 2014
During the 2013-14 season, coach Tom Thibodeau wound up utilizing Gibson in a more high-pressure role, handing the five-year NBA veteran the majority of the fourth-quarter minutes. On the season, Gibson actually averaged more minutes (28.7) than Boozer (28.2).
It was the fewest minutes Boozer has played since his rookie season in 2002-03 and his numbers took a hit across the board.
Of course, the Bulls still have some questions to answer at the power forward position outside of the organization with Eurpoean prospect Nikola Mirotic's rumored arrival as well as the reports surrounding Kevin Love and a potential match in Chicago.