Fred Hoiberg Rumors
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson said Wednesday night that the jobs of general manager Gar Forman and coach Fred Hoiberg are not in jeopardy but that he will explore all options with the roster this offseason, which officially started for the team following Wednesday night’s season-ending win against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“Nobody can make me do anything,” Butler said. “I’m a grown man, first and foremost. But no, I wanted to play. That’s that. [Hoiberg] came to me, he knew how to talk to me. He said, ‘Hey, you may have to run point guard.’ Ah, it’s a wrap. Yeah, I’m playing now. He knew what to say to get me to really, really, really want to suit up, but I was going to play anyways.”
Hoiberg believes that Butler’s desire to play in a game with little on the line says something about the supposed maturity of his best player. “It says a lot,” Hoiberg said. “It shows that he wants to be the leader of this thing and go out there. I thought he played the right way. He had 11 assists, was getting other guys involved, competed all the way to the finish line, and that’s great.”