HoopsHype Gar Forman rumors

October 1, 2012 Updates

Vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman carefully assembled a roster that fit together seamlessly when everybody was healthy, which was rare last season. They undoubtedly tried to build this roster just as meticulously, but whether this one will be as successful as last season’s version remains to be seen. Complicating the process is the void left by Rose’s absence, which extends beyond his considerable ability. Rose is the player most responsible for setting the pace and holding teammates to a high standard, which he won’t be able to do until he recovers from ACL surgery, and nobody, least of all Rose, knows when that might be. In the meantime, he’s going to try to lead from the training room, which is never easy. In a way, Thibodeau is preparing his team for two seasons --- one without Rose and one when Rose returns, which only increases the degree of difficulty. Chicago Sun-Times

August 25, 2012 Updates

Floyd and Forman are great friends; can't you tell? They're linked by basketball, Taj Gibson (Floyd coached him; Forman drafted him) and, well, the links. They love the game, but it does not love them back. They're both gym rats with swings uglier than a Shaquille O'Neal free throw. At Iowa State in the mid-'90s, Floyd gave Forman his first golf clubs — a backup set from Floyd's garage. "Wooden heads," Floyd said. "I was surprised that Gar was still using them in 2008. Then again, he is kind of tight." Forman actually played well late last summer, shooting as low as 93. The NBA lockout was good for his game. This offseason? He has been a little busy drafting Marquis Teague and swapping out the Bench Mob for Kirk Hinrich, Marco Belinelli, Nazr Mohammed, Vladimir Radmanovic and Nate Robinson. Floyd's handicap is that he has never taken a lesson. "That's obvious," he cracked. Chicago Tribune

July 24, 2012 Updates

The Bulls will not match the restricted free agent offer to Omer Asik, allowing Asik to join the Houston Rockets. “We have decided not to match Houston’s offer sheet for restricted free agent Omer Asik,” Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Tuesday morning. “It was a difficult decision because Omer did a nice job for us. Matching the offer for Omer could have put us in a difficult position going forward in trying to acquire high level talent. We wish Omer good luck and continued success.” Bulls.com

July 23, 2012 Updates
July 11, 2012 Updates

Brewer said general manager Gar Forman told his agent he might be re-signed at a reduced salary. "I will definitely test the market, though," Brewer said in a phone interview from his basketball camp in Arkansas. "Whatever team I end up going to, I know I'm going to have another improved year." Chicago Tribune

July 2, 2012 Updates

General manager Gar Forman declined to address whether the Bulls will match Omer Asik's three-year, $24.2 million offer sheet from the Rockets, which Asik will sign when the free-agent moratorium ends July 11. The Bulls will have three days to match the deal, which could rise slightly in value depending on what the salary cap is set at on July 10. "I'm not going to talk about any type of negotiation or anything contractually until we see something," Forman said. "We've made it clear we value Omer and it's been our goal that Omer would stay with the Bulls." Chicago Tribune

"In regards to Omer, obviously I’ve seen reports of an offer," Forman said Monday. "But we haven’t seen anything yet. I don’t want to speculate until we actually we see something. We’ve made it clear we value Omer and it’s been our goal that Omer would stay with the Bulls. I’m not going to talk about any type of negotiation or anything contractually until we see something." Chicago Tribune

July 1, 2012 Updates
June 29, 2012 Updates

"Tom is our coach and Tom is under contract this coming year," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Thursday night on ESPN 1000. "And our hope is that Tom will be our coach for a long, long time." Multiple reports surfaced during the season that Thibodeau was unhappy that he didn't have a long-term extension in place. Reports also quoted sources saying the players knew about Thibodeau's unhappiness. ESPN.com

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Thursday the organization didn't make any serious efforts to trade forward Luol Deng or any of the team's core players before the NBA draft. "Were we actively shopping our players? Absolutely not," Forman said after the Bulls drafted Kentucky guard Marquis Teague with the 29th pick. "Are there conversations? All 30 teams have conversations about everybody on their roster. But we like the core of this team, and it's our job to continue to try to put pieces around Derrick (Rose) and some of the other core guys and try to continue to trend up." ESPN.com

June 18, 2012 Updates

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman sat down for a Q&A on the team's website recently and addressed several topics, including: Omer Asik's future in Chicago: "Omer is a restricted free agent this summer, which means we've got an opportunity to talk to him about a new contract on July 1. And obviously other teams will have the opportunity to talk to him also. We will be able to match any offer he'll receive on the open market place, but it's our goal to have conversations with him the very first day, and we see him as a key piece to our team moving forward. "We think he has shown the potential to continue to improve, and it's our goal that Omer Asik will be a Chicago Bull in the foreseeable future." ESPN.com

June 14, 2012 Updates

“Omer is very, very important to us,” said Forman. “We see him as a key piece of our team moving forward. We think he’s shown the potential to continue to improve. We’re looking forward to getting a chance to sit down with him on July 1. But it’s certainly our intention to have Omer Asik in a Chicago Bulls uniform long term.” NBA.com

As for when Mirotic might be added to the Bulls roster, it likely will not be before the 2014-15 NBA season. “He’ll remain under contract with Real Madrid for the next couple years,” stated Forman. “But it’s certainly our goal and our expectation that Nikola will be in a Chicago Bulls uniform somewhere down the line. We’ll continue to monitor his progress and feel really good about the development that’s taking place. NBA.com

With Rose expected to miss eight months to a year, life without their star point guard is a reality the Bulls will have to face when the 2012-13 NBA season gets underway. But based on what he’s seen so far, Forman remains upbeat about Rose’s recovery. NBA.com

“He’s been diligent in his rehab, he’s made tremendous progress, and the surgery, obviously, was a huge success,” said Forman of Rose. “The biggest thing that’s been encouraging about Derrick has been his mentality towards the rehab. He’s working each and every day, putting a lot of effort into it, and we’re optimistic that if he continues to make the type of progress that he has, that we’ll see Derrick back on the floor at some point next season.” NBA.com

May 15, 2012 Updates

The surgery to repair the torn ACL on his left knee is done, but now begins the long road to recovery for Bulls guard Derrick Rose. Bulls GM Gar Forman, trainer Fred Tedeschi and team physician Dr. Brian Cole met with the media Tuesday afternoon at Rush University Medical Center to give an update on Chicago’s most-talked-about knee. “Derrick is doing great,” said Cole, who performed the surgery on Saturday. “The surgery went extremely well. No surprises.” Chicago Sun-Times

May 12, 2012 Updates

I’ve covered pro sports for 20 years and never have been around a more hard-working or tighter-knit group of athletes than these Bulls. From Rose to Brian Scalabrine, these guys genuinely care about and play for each other. There’s real value in that. The respect around the league for the Bulls is off the charts. To find a group of players that plays as hard and unselfishly as this team does is extremely rare at any level in any sport, which is why vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman will be reluctant to compromise what the Bulls have built. Chicago Sun-Times

April 30, 2012 Updates
April 18, 2012 Updates

The Bulls will have the best record in the East, and Tom Thibodeau will still sell that locker room as underdogs. He’ll win the Coach of the Year again, and he’ll bring something of a personal ferocity into the playoffs. He isn’t happy the Bulls haven’t addressed a contract extension and his relationship with GM Gar Forman remains tepid, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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