CHICAGO – Bulls general manager Gar Forman used a baseball analogy to explain his decision to stand pat at the NBA’s trade deadline Thursday.
“We’re always trying to improve the team and we’re always looking at all of the options that are out there,” Forman said before the Bulls hosted the Miami Heat. “But at the same time, in my mind, we don’t want to hit a single or a double. We want to try to hit a home run.”
With that in mind, the Bulls’ GM will wait until the summer to swing for the fences.
Forman acknowledged that he had “some serious conversations” with several teams about making a deal, but he was unwilling to risk long-term success for the possibility of a short-term gain.
“Our feeling was we didn’t want to give up a young asset for what could be a rental,” Forman said.
Although Forman did not specify which players were sought by other teams, Bulls backup forward Taj Gibson (6-9, 225, 25 years old) and backup center Omer Asik (7-0, 255, 24 years old) had been mentioned as likely trade targets because of their size and youth. The Bulls sought a shooting guard but determined that the price was too steep.
“At the end of the day, in certain situations, we thought it was too rich [of a cost] to get marginally better,” Forman said.
Staying confident: Forman said trades by Eastern Conference opponents such as the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks did not test his patience before the deadline.
“If we were sitting here with a team and our core guys are 32 or 33 or 34 [years old], you approach it differently,” Forman said. “But we’ve got a young team, and I think we’ve got a big window of opportunity to be good for a long time.”
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said his team had good depth and great chemistry.
“I’m fine [with no trades],” Thibodeau said. “I’ve liked our team from the start.”
Still looking: The Bulls could add a veteran shooter for the playoff run by Tuesday, which is the deadline for teams to buy players out of their contracts.
“There will be a buyout market,” Forman said. “There always is. We’re on top of that.
“We’ll add a player or two players, but I don’t see anything that’s going to significantly impact our team.”
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