Gar Forman Rumors
Meanwhile, as the Sun-Times reported last week, the two-headed snake of Gar/Pax is already starting to turn on each other – or at least one of the heads is – with several NBA sources saying that Forman has been busy trying to wipe his fingerprints off of the decisions gone bad just in case Reinsdorf does start taking a look at front office changes. That, however, doesn’t fix the now. Hoiberg’s first priority is continuing to try and make his players understand that soft is no way to go through an NBA game. No easy feat considering the roster is full of different agendas, but a message he feels he is well-equipped to deliver.
A funky, season-ending loss to the Cavaliers in which Rose played a passive second half as Butler shot 12 times has stirred questions about their chemistry now that Butler has joined Rose as a primary scorer. But a league source insisted Butler possibly signing a shorter-term deal in restricted free agency is based on the changing financial landscape coming with the league’s new TV deal. “I haven’t seen (friction),” said general manager Gar Forman, who has talked to Butler recently. “In all our minds, you’ve got two guys who can attack, want to run, can play off the dribble and playmake for themselves and others. They haven’t had a chance to do it a whole lot because of the injuries. But there’s no reason those two shouldn’t be able to play at a high level and be one of the best backcourts in the league.”
Jimmy Butler’s impending free agency — restricted free agency, it should be said — will be priority No. 1 come July 1, as all the rumors about Butler possibly looking for a shorter contract will be met with intent. “Our goal all along is to have Jimmy here long-term, and we feel real confident in our situation, how well he fits and that Jimmy’s comfortable in Chicago,” Forman said.