Bulls executives John Paxson, left, and Gar Forman

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Reinsdorf: Paxson, Forman 'Absolutely' Back Next Year

Michael Reinsdorf is also "very happy" with the job Jim Boylen is doing.

March 04, 2019 - 2:44 pm

(670 The Score) Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman will return for the 2019-'20 season, president Michael Reinsdorf told the Chicago Tribune in an interview published Monday.

Inside the organization, that news comes as business as usual. Externally, the future of the management duo has long come under scrutiny from a segment disgruntled Bulls fans.

Reinsdorf cares not about that noise, believing the Bulls are on the right track in the second season of a rebuild. Chicago is currently 18-46, which is the fourth-worst mark in the NBA.

"Absolutely," Reinsdorf told the Tribune when asked if Paxson and Forman will be back. "We believe they've done a great job. I know that in this market, with some of our fans and some in the media, they look at it differently. That perplexes me.

"Given where where we are today, I think for Year 2 of our rebuild to have two potential All-Stars in Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine and a great draft pick in Wendell Carter Jr., we're in good shape. Wendell injured himself, but I think we have a good enough sample size to know he's going to be a solid NBA player. I think he'll bring a lot to the defensive end and he's very skilled. And then the trade for Otto Porter Jr., I know it's only eight games (with him in the lineup) but the numbers speak for themselves. The offensive output has increased dramatically.

"I look at rebuilds and what some other teams have gone through, and I have confidence in where we are."

Reinsdorf also praised coach Jim Boylen, who was promoted when the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 3. Reinsdorf stopped short of unequivocally stating Boylen will be back in 2019-'20 but strongly indicated he will be. Boylen is under contract through next season, and Paxson on Feb. 7 responded "absolutely" when asked if the organization expected Boylen to return as head coach in 2019-'20.

"Nothing has changed from what John has said," Reinsdorf told the Tribune. "I'm very happy with the job that Jim has done."

Read the full interview here.