HoopsHype Gar Forman rumors

November 5, 2014 Updates

“John has received interest from different teams, but to say he has declined any formal offers would be inaccurate,” Lucas’ agent, Bernie Lee, said when reached on Wednesday. “John is in a situation, after a crazy summer, of trying to make the right decision versus any decision, but he is willing to prove himself as requested. John owes a tremendous amount of his value in the NBA to the opportunity Chicago's front office gave him there initially. Over time, it's become clear that Gar Forman has a unique ability to find value in obscure places: He signed John out of China, and he might be the best in the NBA at this. In some ways John was at the beginning of this. I have not had a single conversation with Gar about John since John left. The different situations just haven't lined up. Gar has found various ways to replace the role John left, including this year, and John has been under contract since leaving. I do have every belief that John will resume his NBA career soon, but to date the only opportunities John has declined have been lucrative money offers with Jilin in China earlier in the year and Fujian on Wednesday.” RealGM

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Yes, Team USA needs a point guard like Rose, but Rose also needs Team USA. Even with the injury to George serving as a cruel reminder of how one misstep can change the immediate future of a franchise, the risk for Rose appears to be worth the reward. “Just to see how he is moving, how he’s doing,’’ Bulls general manager Gar Forman said earlier of what he hoped to get out of the camp. “But he looks terrific. And he’s so strong. Defensively, it has been incredible to get after guys.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Forman then was asked if there was any reservation in having Rose participate. “No, not at all,” he said. “I think it’s a real positive that he gets an opportunity to do this and do it against the level of competition that he’s doing it against.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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After meeting at the facility and discussing the team’s pitch, the group went to dinner at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Chicago. Anthony, Noah, Rose, Gibson, Thibodeau, Jerry Reinsdorf, Gar Forman and Scottie Pippen were all in attendance at the dinner, according to sources. The Bulls left the meeting and dinner feeling very confident that Anthony is seriously considering signing with Chicago, according to sources close to the situation. Basketball Insiders

‘‘You don’t know the context in which it was said. From what we’re seeing, he’s making good, steady progress. He looks great, and that’s all he can go by.’’ General manager Gar Forman said he hadn’t talked with Rose about the latest questions regarding his participation in Team USA’s camp, but he reiterated that ‘‘from a physical standpoint, [Rose] is doing terrific.’’ Forman also said all indications have been that Rose would try out for Team USA. ‘‘I still don’t know yet,’’ Rose told Yahoo Sports. ‘‘If I’m feeling right and the time is [right], for sure I will go out there. My body is responding good, but you never know.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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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

May 1, 2014 Updates

The biggest clash of all came last summer. That's when Forman decided to let go of popular assistant coach -- and Thibodeau confidant -- Ron Adams. It was a choice that left bad feelings on both sides, although several team sources insist that Forman and Thibodeau have tried to mend their relationship throughout this season. The big question comes down to whether they could coexist in the future. ESPN.com

“D.J.'s a fit,” said Forman. “He's been a fit as far as his makeup and character, how he fit with our other guys, and I think his game is a fit because of his ability to create and to score. We're hopeful we'll be in a position that D.J. will consider coming back and that we're in a position to have him back." NBA.com

“We value Kirk and Kirk's been a big part of what we've done over the last nine or 10 years,” added Forman. “So it would be our goal that we have Kirk back, also.” NBA.com

It’s Forman’s aim to take advantage of what he calls a “big summer” ahead to move another step in that direction. “Obviously we’re going to try to strengthen our team and I think we’re going to be in a position where we can do that,” said Forman. NBA.com

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