Chicago Bulls News: GM search underway but it won’t matter

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The Chicago Bulls are rumored to be in search of a new general manager, but it won’t make a difference.

A new Chicago Sun-Times report, written by Joe Cowley, suggests the Chicago Bulls have already kicked off their search for a new general manager. However, if details of the report are true, it’s unlikely to have the impact most fans are likely hoping for — and quite frankly deserve.

The timing of the report is interesting, as it comes out right before the 2020 NBA All-Start game kicks off at the United Center. Interestingly, it is an All-Star Game devoid of any representation by the Chicago Bulls. None of the 27 players are members of the Bulls, and the only familiar face the fans saw this weekend was Zach LaVine‘s early exit from the three-point competition.

With all eyes of the NBA on Chicago this weekend, the fact that there are no current Bulls on the roster not only speaks to their level of futility but is an absolute embarrassment for the franchise. Speaking of embarrassment, let’s get back to the report that the team has used the All-Start weekend to kick-start their search for a new general manager.

This has been rumored to be the case for some time but appears to be starting to come to fruition. However, as I hinted in an earlier piece, fans should temper their expectations until meaningful change occurs. It appears that proviso was spot-on, as there will not be wholesale changes to the front office. Rather than a much-needed clean break from the team of Gar Forman and John Paxson, it seems the Bulls will merely reshuffle the chairs on the deck, with each remaining with the team.

Forman will be reassigned to a scouting role, while Paxson will remain as president of basketball operations. According to the Sun-Times report:

"“There was a report that Paxson would also be somewhat neutered and put into a different title, but all indications from other executives is that will not be the case.”"

The reality is Forman’s role and influence have been diminished for quite some time. However, the main driver behind the latest dumpster fire has been Paxson, who led the charge to hire and extend Jim Boylen.

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Hearing that his role will not change, and only that a general manager with a “stronger voice” will be hired, has to be disappointing for fans who hoped for true change. Paxson will continue to wield his powerful, if not incompetent influence. Nevertheless, while it may be disappointing, it certainly isn’t surprising.