John Paxson and Gar Forman held a 40 minute press conference on Wednesday in which they talked about how the Chicago Bulls are unlikely to make drastic changes this offseason.
One major move is out of their control with Dwyane Wade holding a player option.
“Like I said, Dwyane has an option and we’re going to sit down with him and talk to him about all of this as well,’’ Paxson said. “The thing with Jimmy (Butler) is all of us would love to go out and get another a superstar player to go along with him, but right now the situation we’re in with the salaries we have, that type of thing, that’s a difficult thing for us to manage.’’
Butler will meet with Paxson to discuss the direction of the team. The front office appears committed to doing damage control on that relationship.
“I respect very much Jimmy Butler’s professionalism and how he goes about his job,’’ Paxson said. “I think the one thing we will do is continue to communicate with him. Like I said earlier, we’re going to sit down and talk to him. We can say anything to him, he can say anything to us. He can ask any questions he wants and we’ll be honest with him. Look, that’s the responsibility for us to do. He’s our best player.’’
The Bulls will also retain Fred Hoiberg as head coach.