The Chicago Bulls are entering an offseason in which a lot can change on their roster and the starting five we saw at the beginning of the 2013-14 season may be very different from the one we see at the tipoff of the 2014-15 season.
Reports recently surfaced that Chicago Bulls sixth man Taj Gibson had been told by his coaching staff that he should prepare to be the starting power forward for the team next season.
That’s news to Gibson, who recently revealed on the “Jarrett, Harry and Spike Podcast” over at The Game 87.7 FM that there have been no discussions internally over who will be a starter in 2014-15.
First of all, nobody in the Bulls have contacted me that I’m starting.
There’s only been two weeks since the season was over. Nobody has told me anything yet.
It’s early. The playoffs are still going on.
It would be cool, but far as I’m concerned, Carlos [Boozer] is still with us right now. The coaching staff hasn’t told me anything. There’s rumours, but far as I’m concerned, Carlos is still on the team.
Gibson finished second in NBA Sixth Man of the Year voting last season, accumulating 395 points and 49 first-place votes. He averaged 13.0 points and 6.8 rebounds in 28.7 minutes, all of which were career-highs.
Current starter Carlos Boozer is entering the final year of his contract where he’s set to make $16.8 million. The team could amnesty him, leading to Gibson moving in as a starter, but there’s no way of knowing for sure if that’s the path the Bulls organization is looking to go down.