RUMOR: Bulls start search for new GM during All-Star weekend
It has been a busy weekend at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois as players and fans alike gathered for the All-Star weekend. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the Bulls’ front office has begun a widespread search for a new general manager.
Chicago Bulls fans are surely disappointed as to the organization’s weekend involvement. Zach Lavine in the 3-Point Contest is Chicago’s only participant in the festivities. Wendell Carter, Jr. was also slated to make an appearance in the Rising Stars game on Friday, but pulled out due to injury. Reports of an organizational overhaul is thus no surprise in the team that’s in their third year of supposed rebuilding.
Per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, NBA executives have seen Bulls team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf and vice president John Paxson use the festivities to jumpstart their search. The two have reportedly started the early stages of the process, including back channel talks with candidates. Formal interviews are yet to take place, however.
Current Bulls GM Gar Forman’s job security has been questioned as early as November. Additional blows also include underwhelming draft picks, free agents, and even player mistrust against Forman. Notably, the Sun-Times have reported senior advisor Doug Collins as the loudest proponent for the change.
Offseason reports have already noted that Forman has been stripped of most of his duties. The GM is expected to be formally reassigned into scouting position. Meanwhile, the Bulls are expected to continue another unfortunate, underwhelming season, where they currently have a mid-bottom record at 19-36.