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Gar Forman reportedly expected to land another NBA job after Bulls firing

Gar Forman’s NBA career might not be dead in the water just yet.

KC Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported this week that early talk around the league suggests that Forman, who was just fired by the Chicago Bulls after over a decade as their GM, will be hired by another team. Johnson notes that, while Forman has some well-documented trust issues with agents and other executives, he is also known as a very strong talent evaluator, making him likely to land a scouting job somewhere else.

Forman, who won Executive of the Year in 2011, was officially ousted this month after many consecutive seasons of underperformance when the Bulls hired Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their new lead executive. Forman’s longtime front-office battery mate John Paxson was also reassigned.

Indeed, Forman had some ugly feuds during his time in charge in Chicago, but his natural eye for talent could make the transition into a low-profile scouting role elsewhere a very seamless one for him.

Gar Forman fired by Bulls following Arturas Karnisovas hire

The Chicago Bulls officially announced on Monday that they have hired a new vice president of basketball operations, and with that Gar Forman’s lengthy tenure with the team has come to an end.

Forman has been fired by the Bulls, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

We knew major changes were coming for Chicago’s front office when they began searching for a new head of basketball operations, but this gives us a better idea of the extent of the shakeup.

Forman was named the GM of the Bulls in 2009, replacing John Paxson. Paxson had been the vice president of basketball operations for Chicago before Arturas Karnisovas was hired, and it remains to be seen if Paxson will remain with the team in another role. Paxson is reportedly willing to step down if the franchise would prefer that.

Forman and Paxson have been lumped together in recent years, with Bulls fans using the nickname “Gar-Pax” for them. The term has generally been used when discussing the duo’s inability to bring the team back to championship contention, so it’s no surprise the Bulls have decided to make significant changes.

Report: Bulls looking for new executive to give full power over basketball decisions

The Chicago Bulls are making some major changes to their front office after struggling over the past few seasons.

The Bulls have begun a formal search for a top executive who would be given full authority over basketball decisions, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Two of the possible candidates for the position include Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Toronto Raptors GM Bobby Webster.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and GM Gar Forman have been informed of the search, and it is possible that both could remain with the franchise. Wojnarowski reports that Paxson will likely continue with Chicago in an advisory role, while ownership will have more conversations with Forman going forward. Forman has been the GM of the Bulls since 2009, and he could be reassigned to a scouting position.

The Bulls are 22-43 this season and have not posted a winning record since 2015-16. Franchise consultant Doug Collins has reportedly told the team that a change is needed, and he was said to be opposed to the hiring of Fred Hoiberg a few years back.

Karnisovas is credited with helping to turn the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender, while Webster has worked with Masai Ujuri in Toronto and helped assemble a championship roster last year. Bulls fans will welcome the change after several years of disappointing play.

Report: Bulls expected to hire new GM as part of front office changes

The Chicago Bulls have been a struggling franchise the past few seasons, and they are expected to make some changes to their front office.

NBC Sports Chicago’s KC Johnson reported on Sunday that the Bulls are looking to make an addition to their front office. According to Johnson, the person who is hired would “take on the day-to-day operations and become a fresh voice and face of the franchise.”

John Paxson is currently the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Bulls. Gar Forman is the general manager, but the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley says Forman’s status is in question.

Cowley reports that franchise consultant Doug Collins has been saying the team needs a change. Collins reportedly was critical of Forman’s hiring of Fred Hoiberg as the team’s head coach prior to the 2015-16 season.

Forman reportedly would likely be reassigned to a scouting position if a new GM is hired.

The Bulls are 19-36 this season and have not had a winning record since 2015-16.

Bulls fans staging event to call for top executives to be fired

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It was not all that long ago that the Chicago Bulls were one of the premier franchises in all of sports, but they have quickly become one of the worst teams in the NBA. Fans are tired of all the losing, and a collection of them are planning to show the team how badly they want to see changes at the top of the organization.

A Facebook fan group called “Fire GarPax” has officially labeled March 6 “#FireGarPaxDay.” The Bulls are scheduled to play a nationally televised game against the Philadelphia 76ers on ESPN that day, and a Facebook event started by the group is calling for fans to showcase their disdain for general manager Gar Forman and president of basketball operations John Paxson.

“On March 6 our Chicago Bulls play the Philadelphia 76ers in a nationally televised game on ESPN. Time to let the whole country know how us Bulls fans feel,” the event description reads. “I encourage a peaceful protest of John Paxson and Gar Forman. Let’s disrupt the entire game with Fire GarPax chants and fill the UC with Fire GarPax shirts and signs. Again a peaceful protest is all we need to be heard.”

Despite the team’s 11-40 record, the Bulls still rank second in the NBA in home attendance, drawing just under 20,000 fans per game. If fans get behind the “Fire GarPax” movement, it could be an embarrassing night in Chicago on March 6.

The Bulls decided to fire head coach Fred Hoiberg earlier this season and turn things over to Jim Boylen, and that move has been somewhat of a disaster. One former NBA coach blasted Chicago’s front office this week for the way they have handled the team, so the fans are not alone with their frustrations.

Gar Forman: Bulls players airing issues in public ‘unacceptable’

Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman is not at all happy with the public airing of grievances that his team has engaged in.

After a public spat over leadership centered around his star guards, Forman admonished the players publicly, calling their actions “unacceptable.”

Things have grown rather ugly for the Bulls, as Rajon Rondo called out Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler for their own public criticisms of teammates. The entire situation has played out publicly, much to the chagrin of the team’s coaches and executives, and things seem to be going downhill in Chicago.

Bulls GM Gar Forman says team was not actively shopping Jimmy Butler

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Jimmy Butler’s name was a near-constant fixture in trade rumors on NBA Draft day, but Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman emphasized that the team was not shopping him.

Even though Butler was linked to a number of new destinations, Forman was firm in saying that he was not being actively shopped by the Bulls.

Since Butler is still with the Bulls, Forman has to say as much. Perhaps it’s even true that the Bulls aren’t actively putting him out there in trade talks. Teams were obviously calling, though, and given the amount of rumors – here’s a sampling of them – the Bulls obviously weren’t telling everyone that Butler wasn’t available and hanging up the phone. The window to move him may have passed, but you have to wonder how Butler will react to seeing his name everywhere in trade rumors.