Taj Gibson was told by the Chicago Bulls' coaching staff that he will start next season.
The Bulls are widely expected to trade or amnesty Carlos Boozer.
Gibson confirmed that he has been told “to get my body and mind right to be a starter.’’
“I mean this will be exciting,’’ Gibson said in a phone interview. “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.’’
The Bulls also figure to pursue Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony.