Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman might not be the most popular guy in Chicago recently. He knows this, and he is taking the criticism and heat in stride. The reason why he is not popular these days is because of the trade of fan favorite Luol Deng for Andrew Bynum, draft picks and cap relief. Forman knew this move wouldn’t go over for most fans, and he finally spoke up about this and the future of the Bulls.
Forman rarely makes any public appearances unless he really has to. He is more of a behind the scenes guy, but with this type of move he had to address the issue. He believes this trade helps the franchise moving forward with financial stability, and the team is now able to be a player in free agency if they choose to. He admits that they wanted to keep Deng and re-sign him over the summer, but it wasn’t looking real good on that option. So trading the leading scorer of the Bulls was the clear choice.
Even though they traded one of their leaders, Forman believes this isn’t a rebuilding move. He likes to call this a retool of the team. The Bulls have enough to still compete this season and have a coach in Tom Thibodeau who won’t allow a tanking situation. Forman also is excited of the money they saved from this trade. The Bulls saved over $20 million by trading Deng and waiving Bynum. The Bulls will be in full force with free agency and have the possibility of three first-round draft picks in this year’s draft. That is how you retool and build a contender through the draft and free agency.
Forman and the Bulls are moving forward today and for the future, but they may not be done with the wheeling and dealing this season. Forman and the Bulls front office are always looking for potential deals. Just remember, do not say the rebuilding word around him.