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.”
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.
“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. “