According to a report from the Chicago Tribune’s K.C. Johnson, Gar Forman and John Paxson’s roles with the team appear to be safe no matter how this current season ends for the Bulls.
If you’re not a fan of Gar Forman and John Paxson running the front office of the Chicago Bulls, then you might want to turn your heads away from your phone, computer, etc. for a bit.
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On Wednesday evening, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribunereported that no matter what happens with the Bulls this season — whether they make the playoffs or not — their jobs will be safe heading into next season.
Here’s some of what Johnson had to say:
Despite some outside perception to the contrary, the jobs of executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman are safe, sources familiar with ownership’s thinking told the Tribune. In fact, ownership’s trust in Paxson and Forman remains so intact that they would be retained even if the Bulls miss the postseason for a second straight season, one source said.
Johnson went on to report that the Reinsdorfs, Jerry and Michael, are loyal to their employees as many know, but also that there’s an “inherent trust” in the way Forman and Paxson are building the roster and staff.
(That’s some kind of trust in a front office pairing that wanted to get “younger and more athletic”, then signed Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade and drafted one of the oldest players in the 2016 NBA Draft with knee/ankle issues.)
Furthermore, Johnson mentioned that this is the first full season that the Bulls were finally able to dump Derrick Rose’s huge contract money and start anew.
This isn’t the best news in the world for the Bulls, being that much of the fan base wants Forman and Paxson gone.