As of late Wednesday, Carlos Boozer said he plans to return from missing three games with a sore left calf in Thursday's final game before the All-Star break against the Nets.

If he does, coach Tom Thibodeau said Boozer will do so as the starting power forward.

"Yeah," Thibodeau said Wednesday when asked if Boozer will remain the starter. "I have to know what the minutes restrictions are. But for us to achieve what we want to achieve, we need Carlos."

Taj Gibson has averaged 19.3 points on 49.6 percent shooting and 9.8 rebounds in 42.3 minutes over eight starts. He also has played well backing up Boozer.

"That's the great value of Taj: He can start or come off the bench equally well," Thibodeau said.

General manager Gar Forman said Boozer has had a good year and any decision on possibly using the amnesty provision on Boozer will be "made down the road."

Shooting star: John Paxson, executive vice president of basketball operations, wouldn't speculate when or if the Bulls will be able to sign 2011 draft-day acquisition Nikola Mirotic. Paxson, Forman and international scout Ivica Dukan met with the Real Madrid forward in Spain in December.