Gar Forman Rumors
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.”: 12 more rumors
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.: 12 more rumors
“Our goal is on July 1 to sit down with him and hopefully come to a deal in a timely fashion,” Forman said. “We’ll sit down and talk about that and talk about what he’s looking for and what we’re looking for and hopefully come to something where it’s beneficial to both sides and go from there. Obviously Jimmy is a huge, huge part of what we’re doing, and we’ll do everything we can and anticipate him being in Chicago.”
Butler’s supposed friction with Derrick Rose was addressed, as there was loud speculation about the two’s on-court relationship developing issues during the Bulls’ playoff run, most notably in Game 6 of their second-round playoff loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. “I’ve read about the friction. I haven’t seen it,” Forman said. “We talked to Jimmy all the time. Jimmy’s been in the building. We talk about a number of things, not only with Jimmy and Derrick but with all our players. There’s no reason at all that those two, their games shouldn’t fit together perfectly. “
“In Fred, we feel that we’ve got a guy who has a terrific package of skills: a winning coach, a natural leader and a great communicator,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “He is a guy that has played in the league, has been an executive in the league and has had unparalleled success coaching at Iowa State—winning multiple Big 12 Championships, consistently having nationally-ranked teams and NCAA tournament teams. There is no question that we think he’s the right fit and that he will maximize the potential of this team.”
Hoiberg did not reply to multiple text messages sent by ESPN.com. Forman said in a text message Saturday that he is “not going to respond to rumors or sources.”
This time, management had to be far more calculating in crushing the coach’s credibility and contributions, both inside and outside the facility. They appeared to be part of a public campaign to dehumanize Thibodeau, picking apart his tactical acumen and portraying him as an uncaring ogre. Players had a sympathetic ear with management and medical staff.
Over and over, those listening to John Paxson and Gar Forman would tell you that Bulls management could never make peace with the praise heaped upon Thibodeau for 60-victory seasons and deep playoff runs. For them, it was too much about the best defense in the NBA, too much about his development of journeymen into rotation contributors, good players into All-Stars, great players into an MVP.
KC Johnson: Gar Forman said process of hiring next coach begins tonight and will carry into the weekend. Won’t discuss names. But Hoiberg’s job to lose.
On the other side of this contractual and psychological tug of war are Bulls GM Gar Forman and VP John Paxson, who at this point will not fire Thibodeau and let him walk to another NBA city without compensation. In fact, multiple league sources told CBSSports.com Friday that the Bulls’ front office isn’t even compelled to engage in compensation talks with any teams that are interested in their coach until they have a commitment from a replacement who excites them.
As for Holberg, he has long been linked to his former team and is tight with Bulls GM Gar Forman. Sources told SNY.tv the Bulls have already talked to Holberg this season. “He has always said from day one that his lifelong goal has been to coach in the NBA,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said of Holberg, according to the Ames Tribune’s Travis Hines. “It’s for him to decide when that part of his life he wants to activate. Now it’s just strictly a decision for him and their family personally, not what he wants to do because he’s made that clear. [The NBA is] what he wants to do. It’s a matter of when he wants to do it.”
One well-placed observer we know, for example, is convinced that Thibodeau and Forman have scarcely had a substantive conversation since roughly November.
KC Johnson: Jimmy Butler thanks Gar Forman and John Paxson for drafting him, says he’s come a long way from Tomball, Texas.
Joe Cowley: As far as the front office, GM Gar Forman was asked if a decision has already been made on Thibodeau’s future, and said in a text: “We are in total agreement with Tom that this is all just noise.’’ Forman on if a decision has already been made on Thibodeau’s future.
The Chicago Bulls announced today that guard Derrick Rose underwent a successful meniscectomy earlier this morning to repair a medial meniscus tear in his right knee. The procedure was performed by Bulls head team physician Dr. Brian Cole at Rush Surgicenter. “This morning’s procedure went great,” said Chicago Bulls General Manager Gar Forman. “Derrick is expected to make a full recovery and he is anticipated to return to play in four to six weeks.”