HoopsHype Gar Forman rumors

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

October 6, 2013 Updates

An assistant coach that Rose deeply valued, Ron Adams, was let go over Thibodeau's wishes this summer because Forman didn't like Adams' defiant disposition. Eventually, Rose could be trapped in the middle of the Forman-Thibodeau cold war. As the months passed without Thibodeau signing his name to a four-year contract extension last season, the coach privately feared the consequences of fully committing himself to that inevitable signature, league sources said. If Thibodeau had been convinced that his GM was usurping the coach's influence without a signed deal, he knew the finalizing of his contract would move him further to the mercy of the GM. The Bulls had a news conference for that four-year, $18 million contract on the eve of training camp in 2012, but it was months and months until Thibodeau signed his name. "It is a toxic relationship that I believe will ultimately derail them," one NBA coaching source with close ties to Thibodeau and Forman warned. Yahoo! Sports

What had been a strained, fractured partnership descended into permanent disrepair with Forman's firing of Adams, the Bulls' top assistant coach and decades-long confidant of Thibodeau's. If Bulls management had to take Thibodeau's criticisms and pushback, they refused to take it from Adams. As one league source told Yahoo Sports, "Ron didn't drink the Kool-Aid there, and this was a message from Gar to Thibs that he's running the show, especially on picking the players." Yahoo! Sports

September 11, 2013 Updates

Rudoy, however, said on Wednesday that choosing this path could cost the Bulls Deng come July 1, and despite Deng wanting to stay, any idea of home-town discounts if talks eventually restart are out the window. “I actually expected them to negotiate an extension,’’ Rudoy said in a phone interview. “I was very surprised when [Forman] called and said they decided not to further negotiate. I was a bit surprise because it’s going to be a hot free-agent market next summer.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Rudoy was asked if Forman indicated that the Bulls first wanted to try and look at bigger options before opening up talks again with Deng, and said that wasn’t relayed to him. “Of course they didn’t say they didn’t want him back, so that was never discussed,’’ Rudoy said. “I told Gar they are running the risk that someone can step up on July 1 and they can lose him. “At this point, we’re not looking to do anything except get the best deal possible. We’ll see what happens and we’ll see what’s out there. He loves Chicago, loves playing for [coach Tom]Thibodeau, really loves playing for Thibodeau, but he will look for the best offer.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

September 10, 2013 Updates

Deng’s representatives held meetings with Chicago’s front office about the possibility of a deal before the upcoming season, and the next stage in their talks had been whether the Bulls would engage in negotiations on extension. Nevertheless, Gar Forman let Deng’s representatives know that the Bulls had decided not to offer negotiations surrounding a long-term deal. RealGM

July 17, 2013 Updates

Not just speculation or offseason rumors, but some good old fashioned, here’s-the-plan talk from Bulls general manager Gar Forman. A plan that will include All-Star forward Luol Deng staying put for at least one more season. “Well, we love Luol,’’ Forman, who arrived into Vegas on Monday to watch Summer League play, said. “We see Luol as a valuable member of this team moving forward, so the window is open to talk about an extension. We’ve had some conversations. Whether something gets done, I don’t know. But whether it’s this summer or next summer, those are conversations we’ll continue to have.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

July 16, 2013 Updates

Not just speculation or offseason rumors, but some good old fashioned, here’s-the-plan talk from Bulls general manager Gar Forman. A plan that will include All-Star forward Luol Deng staying put for at least one more season. “Well, we love Luol,’’ Forman, who arrived into Vegas on Monday to watch Summer League play, said. “We see Luol as a valuable member of this team moving forward, so the window is open to talk about an extension. We’ve had some conversations. Whether something gets done, I don’t know. But whether it’s this summer or next summer, those are conversations we’ll continue to have.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

July 14, 2013 Updates

In a wide-ranging, 14-minute interview with beat reporters before the Bulls defeated the Grizzlies 81-67 in their summer-league opener, Thibodeau didn't shed much light on his relationship with Forman. Nor did he deeply address the surprising departure of lead assistant Ron Adams, which lifted the curtain on some strain between coaches and management. "Hey, it's fine," Thibodeau said. "(Executive vice president John Paxson) and Gar are in charge of putting the roster together. I have a voice. They make the final decision. That's the way it works." Chicago Tribune

Speaking to the media on Saturday for the first time since lead assistant coach and close friend Ron Adams was let go, Thibodeau did his best to dismiss the idea there’s a rift between him and general manager Gar Forman. “No, we’re fine,” Thibodeau said before the Bulls played the Memphis Grizzlies in their first NBA Summer League game. Chicago Sun-Times

July 10, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman met with the representatives of Luol Deng to continue discussions on parameters of a contract extension this week, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Forman and Deng's agents, Ron Shade and Herb Rudoy, met on Monday in Chicago to further dialogue on parameters for an extension, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

July 1, 2013 Updates

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman addressed Monday the decision to not renew the contract of lead assistant coach Ron Adams, which the Tribune reported Saturday as a move that could cause tension with coach Tom Thibodeau. “We want to thank Ron for what he’s brought and wish him the best of luck in the future,” Forman said. “We make tens if not hundreds of decisions every year, from free agency to trades to the draft to different personnel within the organization. When we make a decision like this, it doesn’t serve anybody well to go into detail. The decision was made by me because I felt it was best for the Bulls moving forward.” Chicago Tribune

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