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December 27, 2013 Updates

“Whatever that was, he’s the GM and that’s the direction they’re going. I know I can be gone, but it doesn’t mean that I’m gone and I told Gar, when I sat down, ‘Look, my last contract was six years. I still have another year to do my job and that’s all I want to focus on, and at the end of the year, when that’s up, then that’s time to talk, if that’s what you want.’ So right now, he didn’t do anything wrong. It’s just how it is.” CSN Chicago

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December 11, 2013 Updates

Thibs has two seasons left on his Bulls deal after this one, true, but there is said to be enough lingering friction between the coach and GM Gar Forman to the point that you can picture it eventually sparking some sort of mutual parting. Throw in the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose's health, rising fears that Thibs’ beloved Luol Deng is a certainty to relocate in free agency next summer (if not sooner) and the occasional grumble in circulation about some of the Bulls’ players chafing at how hard Thibs pushes them in practice and there's clearly something there when coaching insiders tip you to keep your eye on Thibs to the Knicks. ESPN.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

General manager Gar Forman is still hopeful the Chicago Bulls can work out an extension with Luol Deng. "We value Luol a lot," Forman said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" Tuesday on ESPN Chicago 1000. "And Luol is a big piece of the success we've had the last several years though we haven't gotten to our ultimate goal. We think Luol is going to continue to be a big piece, a big part of what we're doing. I know a lot was said about that we couldn't come to an extension last summer but if you guys really study the NBA, especially since this new CBA -- going into the CBA and since the new CBA has been in effect, it's very, very rare that extensions get done so the fact that one didn't get done was not an indicator of where we're at with Luol at all." ESPN.com

"Lu is valued here and continues to be a big part of what we're doing," Forman said. "Obviously once we get into the offseason we're going to have to sit down with Luol and have to come to terms on another contract, but Luol is a big piece of what we're doing, and he has been, and our feeling is he'll continue to be." ESPN.com

December 1, 2013 Updates

“You do get that sense,’’ Forman said. “It’s hard for me to speak on every team, but from the Bulls’ standpoint, we have always put great value in the draft and draft picks. Historically, it’s very rare that we trade a first-round draft pick because we value getting good young players into our organization and we value scouting and feel like we’ve had some level of success, not only when we’ve drafted high but when we’ve drafted in the 20s. So there’s always great value in draft picks.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

“There is a lot of talk about it, but you can never . . . people say good draft, bad draft, strong draft, deep draft, top-heavy, whatever,’’ Forman said. “Our feeling is that if you do your work, there’s always value in the draft, always opportunities there.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

November 26, 2013 Updates

"With this type of injury, he should come back 100 percent," Forman said by phone with ESPNChicago.com, a day after Rose had surgery that will sideline him the rest of the season. "With the previous [ACL] injury, that leg is strong and we saw the explosiveness and reactivity and speed, and then it was just [a matter of] getting into rhythm. ESPN.com

Asked again if the franchise is still confident it can build its team around Rose, Forman did not hesitate. "Yeah, he's obviously a big, big part of our future," he said. "This was a freak injury. According to doctors, it had nothing to do with over-compensating or any type weakness or any type of fatigue. It was just a freak injury." ESPN.com

Question: What about this team? Where do you go from here knowing you probably can no longer win a championship this season without Derrick. Bulls GM Gar Forman: Look, I think Tom [Thibodeau] said it well Sunday. The core of this team has been through this before. And they’ve had a level of success pulling together. That’s what they’ve shown they’re about. It’s obviously tough for them, but that’s why we have so much faith in this team, because of the way these players have responded to adversity and always played at a high level. So we feel they’re the kind of people and players who will pull together again. NBA.com

Question: OK, now you know Derrick is gone for this season. Why not trade some of your players for future possibilities, young players or draft picks and begin rebuilding? Bulls GM Gar Forman: It’s still too early in the process and we’re not going to make any rash decisions. We feel there is a bright future ahead and we believe we are positioned well. Look, we fully expect Derrick to come back 100 percent for next season. This basically was a freak injury. This was not due to the ACL or some fatigue of other factor. We have a young nucleus of veterans basically in their 20’s; we have multiple draft picks, including a pick from Charlotte in one of the next three drafts; we have the rights to Nikola Mirotic, who has been the best young payer in Europe the last two years. I know people get tired of hearing it sometimes, but we also have the possibility of flexibility in free agency this summer or next. So we feel we are in a good position, and we will be getting Derrick back. NBA.com

Question: But why not trade some of your free agents if you might lose them? Bulls GM Gar Forman: Again, we evaluate everything constantly in the goal of becoming a championship team. I don’t want to get into discussing any particular players since we feel we have a strong group that is going to have a good season. But like any organization, it’s an ongoing process of evaluation to do what’s best for the franchise. NBA.com

Question: What’s the rehab for this procedure? Bulls GM Gar Forman: Doctors are telling us it’s a six-month process as we’ve seen with many players. Every person and every injury is different, but Derrick should be able to get back to full health and restart his career at the highest possible level. NBA.com

But what if Bulls general manager Gar Forman and executive vice president John Paxson come to Thibodeau later in the season and tell him that the plan in place requires the Bulls to sell off many of their valuable assets? "They've got to do their job," Thibodeau said. "I don't think about that. I think about what we do have. Their job is to always look at what the possibilities are. That's the nature of this league." ESPN.com

November 24, 2013 Updates

Several players, including Rose, have fully lined up with coach Tom Thibodeau in his never-ending battle with the front office. Rose and Luol Deng carry resentments with management, too. Thibodeau doesn't want to lose Deng to free agency, but management seems determined to choose the younger Jimmy Butler's contract extension over Deng for the future. Thibodeau is in the second season of a four-year contract extension, but those close to him and the Bulls wonder: Is this a partnership doomed to perish sooner than later? With Rose and a championship contender, there was reason for Thibodeau to push through a most toxic environment. Now? Rose returns to perpetual rehab, Deng plays out his deal, and Thibodeau and his nemesis, general manager Gar Forman, could come to a crossroads sooner than later. Yahoo! Sports

October 8, 2013 Updates

John Paxson would like names. One name, several — it really didn’t matter Monday to the Bulls’ vice president of basketball operations, who just wants someone to step up and ‘‘be a man.’’ In a Yahoo Sports story published Sunday, the relationship between Bulls general manager Gar Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau was described as a ‘‘distrust’’ and ‘‘downright disdain.’’ An NBA coaching source was quoted as saying, ‘‘It is a toxic relationship that I believe will ultimately derail them.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Forman and Thibodeau haven’t always seen eye-to-eye on personnel moves, which has been well documented, but Paxson takes exception to the idea that it’s a feud heading toward a boiling point. ‘‘We’re so far past that,’’ he said. ‘‘To continue to try and keep it going, I don’t know what the agenda is. That’s one thing that we all talked about, really from the beginning of this year: No one has any agenda here. ‘‘If you’re really going to say something like that, then go on the record, be a man, put your name out there. Don’t hide behind that stuff. But from our perspective, from our seat, we’re doing great. The relationship is healthy. We all want the same thing, and that’s to be as good as we possibly can out there on the floor.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Forman and Thibodeau have been seen discussing team business together as far back as Summer League play in July and have laughed and joked in each other’s company. Dysfunction? ‘‘It’s an opinion, I guess,’’ Paxson said. ‘‘You’re entitled to it, but it doesn’t mean it’s right or accurate.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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