HoopsHype John Paxson rumors

July 31, 2014 Updates

The two most obvious faces in the Rose Camp are his brother/manager, Reggie, and his agent, B.J. Armstrong. Reggie obviously did little to help his brother’s cause on Feb. 21, 2013, blasting the organization on the night of the trade deadline for its lack of movement. Never mind that Derrick Rose was still nursing a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, despite team doctors clearing him to return. It wasn’t the last time the organization would have problems with Reggie expressing his opinion. Then there’s Armstrong. The former Bulls guard and title winner worked for the organization under former general manager Jerry Krause. But when vice president of basketball operations John Paxson came in, Armstrong was demoted from his assistant GM post into a scouting position. Armstrong was completely out by 2005, reportedly unhappy with Paxson and the Bulls. The fact that Armstrong, who works for the Wasserman Media Group in Los Angeles, became Rose’s agent was an obvious concern for the Bulls. Chicago Sun-Times

July 11, 2014 Updates
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Sources said Noah has been in Anthony’s ear as often as possible, and he has told other Bulls to push hard for Anthony this summer. But there is one condition: Backup big man Taj Gibson can’t be sacrificed. And there’s the kicker. For the Bulls to keep Noah, Gibson and point guard Derrick Rose, Anthony would have to be willing to sign a contract in the $14 million- to $15 million-a-year range, and general manager Gar Forman and vice president John Paxson would have to get creative with the rest of the roster. Chicago Sun-Times

March 17, 2014 Updates

"Phil is a really smart basketball guy and I have no doubt, given time, he'll do very well," said John Paxson, who played for Jackson, worked on his Bulls' staff one season and now is the Bulls' executive vice president of basketball operations. "I've always felt he has a sixth sense about people and it's one of the reasons he's been able to blend different personalities into a cohesive unit. "He's the best at seeing nuances of the game and having patience with people, so I expect him to have success. Every organization is different. And he's walking into a situation that needs leadership and direction. That's what he does well: He leads." Chicago Tribune

March 13, 2014 Updates

No decision has been made on Carlos Boozer’s future. Bulls vice president John Paxson said so in January, and general manager Gar Paxson reiterated that position Wednesday. “People can say or think what they want, but that decision absolutely hasn’t been made,’’ Forman said in a phone interview from a scouting trip. “We make decisions when we have to make decisions.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 28, 2014 Updates

Speaking on WGWG-FM 87.7 on Thursday, VP of basketball operations John Paxson again addressed all of the speculation that Thibodeau’s lifespan as the Bulls coach could be a short one, especially with the New York job likely opening up this summer. “He is not going anywhere. … I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that our team is the best prepared in the NBA with Tom as our head coach,’’ Paxson said. Chicago Sun-Times

February 20, 2014 Updates

Nick Friedell: Things seem calm on the Bulls' front. Gar and Pax were just down on the court watching the end of practice. Twitter @NickFriedell

February 18, 2014 Updates

Several sources indicated that the trade deadline could be a quiet one, and that was backed by Bulls vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman last week. “You have to put yourself in the other team’s position,’’ Paxson said. “People just don’t give up great players.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

February 13, 2014 Updates
January 30, 2014 Updates

Chicago Bulls vice president John Paxson said Wednesday he would never ask Derrick Rose to recruit and doesn't believe the star guard's reluctance to do so will prevent the team from landing free agents. "I personally would not have been comfortable doing that as a player. That was me, so I expect and appreciate where Derrick is coming from," Paxson said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" on ESPN Chicago 1000. "I would never tell a player, I don't think [owner] Jerry Reinsdorf or [general manager] Gar [Forman] would tell a player, 'Look, you have to do this.' If a player wants to do it, great. If he doesn't, that's his choice." ESPN.com

"I know that Derrick has relationships with a lot of guys around the league. He spends his summers in L.A. working out with a lot of guys and I know he's got great relationships with people," Paxson said. "I do firmly believe that when you're around people you can sell yourself just being the person that you are, and we all know Derrick is a terrific young man. "I don't see that as an impediment to us getting players here. I think at the end of the day people know who Derrick is and there are a lot of guys who would like to play with him." ESPN.com

January 8, 2014 Updates
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