HoopsHype Gar Forman rumors

January 12, 2014 Updates

“It’s always difficult,’’ ­Forman said of the decision to send Deng to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “There’s a human element to any transition you make. I’ve heard people say it’s a ­rebuild. It’s not a rebuild. I consider it more of a retooling.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Forman also reiterated that while the move allowed the team to dip out of the luxury-tax threshold so it can avoid the repeater tax, the organization has plans to go back over that threshold once it believes the roster is championship-ready. “By getting out of the tax this year, it will give us the ability to go back into the tax in future years when we feel we have a team that’s capable or continuing to build towards that championship,’’ Forman said. Chicago Sun-Times

January 9, 2014 Updates

Rudoy told the Sun-Times that last week Bulls general manager Gar Forman offered Deng a take-it-or-leave-it three-year, $30 million contract, knowing the veteran would turn it down. “I think the purpose of it was for us to say no,’’ Rudoy said. “They probably had some deal in the process already. That was the purpose — to make an offer that we absolutely would turn down without question, and then get into their trade process. Again, that’s fine. “Lu was surprised he was traded. They had certainly made it clear to him that he would be a Bull forever, but he also understands that this is a business. And that’s what he’s doing, he’s moving on.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

Rudoy also wanted to clear up the assumption that Deng was looking for a deal that would pay him annually in the $14 million-$15 million range. While the agent didn’t deny that he would have “asked for a lot of money,’’ he and Deng never were given that chance, even going back to the summer, when the Bulls first broke off the contract talks. “We never asked for anything,’’ Rudoy said. “Let me make that clear. We talked with them just before the start of the season, and we were told they weren’t interested in doing an extension, which was fine with us. Then I got a call this past weekend from Gar giving me a three-year ­offer, and one he said was non-negotiable. It was their final offer, take it or leave it, and Lu decided to not accept it. I was never given an opportunity to propose a dollar figure. Never once. Never had that discussion. Chicago Sun-Times

January 2, 2014 Updates

Adams does so after general manager Gar Forman didn't renew his Bulls' contract in late June in an unusual move that drew widespread league attention because head coaches typically handle their staffs and the Bulls were coming off three straight playoff berths. It also raised questions about the working relationship between Forman and coach Tom Thibodeau. Adams, who said he's enjoying working with Stevens and the Celtics, addressed Forman's decision for the first time publicly in an interview. Forman declined comment, as he has since addressing the matter generally at the time. "It's still a bit mystifying to me," Adams said. "And I don't understand it. And if the intent was to be hurtful to me and my family, it succeeded." Chicago Tribune

Baxter Holmes: Celtics veteran assistant coach Ron Adams returns to Chicago for tonight's C's-Bulls game. Bulls GM Gar Forman let Adams go last season. Adams to Globe: "Some places are fun, but this one is a little bit more problematic. I’m on good terms w/ everyone there, except 1 person.” Twitter @BaxterHolmes

December 27, 2013 Updates

“Honestly, I wanted something to be done. I wanted to be here. I really felt we were going to. I don’t know how the money works. I don’t know what needed to be done. I really don’t know any of that stuff. But after the spinal tap, I went away and everything, I think I was waiting to hear from the Bulls. I was waiting to hear from Gar, and I really thought there would be weeks, maybe months of going back and forth, and trying to get it done. I felt like I’ve been here since I was 18. I’ve worked hard. They’ve seen me come in and do everything. But for whatever reason, Gar felt like it wasn’t the time yet,” he explained, shedding some light on the negotiation process, or lack thereof, without bitterness. CSN Chicago

“Whatever that was, he’s the GM and that’s the direction they’re going. I know I can be gone, but it doesn’t mean that I’m gone and I told Gar, when I sat down, ‘Look, my last contract was six years. I still have another year to do my job and that’s all I want to focus on, and at the end of the year, when that’s up, then that’s time to talk, if that’s what you want.’ So right now, he didn’t do anything wrong. It’s just how it is.” CSN Chicago

December 16, 2013 Updates
December 11, 2013 Updates

Thibs has two seasons left on his Bulls deal after this one, true, but there is said to be enough lingering friction between the coach and GM Gar Forman to the point that you can picture it eventually sparking some sort of mutual parting. Throw in the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Derrick Rose's health, rising fears that Thibs’ beloved Luol Deng is a certainty to relocate in free agency next summer (if not sooner) and the occasional grumble in circulation about some of the Bulls’ players chafing at how hard Thibs pushes them in practice and there's clearly something there when coaching insiders tip you to keep your eye on Thibs to the Knicks. ESPN.com

December 3, 2013 Updates

General manager Gar Forman is still hopeful the Chicago Bulls can work out an extension with Luol Deng. "We value Luol a lot," Forman said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show" Tuesday on ESPN Chicago 1000. "And Luol is a big piece of the success we've had the last several years though we haven't gotten to our ultimate goal. We think Luol is going to continue to be a big piece, a big part of what we're doing. I know a lot was said about that we couldn't come to an extension last summer but if you guys really study the NBA, especially since this new CBA -- going into the CBA and since the new CBA has been in effect, it's very, very rare that extensions get done so the fact that one didn't get done was not an indicator of where we're at with Luol at all." ESPN.com

"Lu is valued here and continues to be a big part of what we're doing," Forman said. "Obviously once we get into the offseason we're going to have to sit down with Luol and have to come to terms on another contract, but Luol is a big piece of what we're doing, and he has been, and our feeling is he'll continue to be." ESPN.com

December 1, 2013 Updates

“You do get that sense,’’ Forman said. “It’s hard for me to speak on every team, but from the Bulls’ standpoint, we have always put great value in the draft and draft picks. Historically, it’s very rare that we trade a first-round draft pick because we value getting good young players into our organization and we value scouting and feel like we’ve had some level of success, not only when we’ve drafted high but when we’ve drafted in the 20s. So there’s always great value in draft picks.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

“There is a lot of talk about it, but you can never . . . people say good draft, bad draft, strong draft, deep draft, top-heavy, whatever,’’ Forman said. “Our feeling is that if you do your work, there’s always value in the draft, always opportunities there.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

November 26, 2013 Updates

"With this type of injury, he should come back 100 percent," Forman said by phone with ESPNChicago.com, a day after Rose had surgery that will sideline him the rest of the season. "With the previous [ACL] injury, that leg is strong and we saw the explosiveness and reactivity and speed, and then it was just [a matter of] getting into rhythm. ESPN.com

Asked again if the franchise is still confident it can build its team around Rose, Forman did not hesitate. "Yeah, he's obviously a big, big part of our future," he said. "This was a freak injury. According to doctors, it had nothing to do with over-compensating or any type weakness or any type of fatigue. It was just a freak injury." ESPN.com

Question: What about this team? Where do you go from here knowing you probably can no longer win a championship this season without Derrick. Bulls GM Gar Forman: Look, I think Tom [Thibodeau] said it well Sunday. The core of this team has been through this before. And they’ve had a level of success pulling together. That’s what they’ve shown they’re about. It’s obviously tough for them, but that’s why we have so much faith in this team, because of the way these players have responded to adversity and always played at a high level. So we feel they’re the kind of people and players who will pull together again. NBA.com

Question: OK, now you know Derrick is gone for this season. Why not trade some of your players for future possibilities, young players or draft picks and begin rebuilding? Bulls GM Gar Forman: It’s still too early in the process and we’re not going to make any rash decisions. We feel there is a bright future ahead and we believe we are positioned well. Look, we fully expect Derrick to come back 100 percent for next season. This basically was a freak injury. This was not due to the ACL or some fatigue of other factor. We have a young nucleus of veterans basically in their 20’s; we have multiple draft picks, including a pick from Charlotte in one of the next three drafts; we have the rights to Nikola Mirotic, who has been the best young payer in Europe the last two years. I know people get tired of hearing it sometimes, but we also have the possibility of flexibility in free agency this summer or next. So we feel we are in a good position, and we will be getting Derrick back. NBA.com

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