Bulls general manager Gar Forman spoke before Thursday's game about the trade deadline, which passed with the team making no moves beyond sending James Johnson to Toronto two days ago.
Here are some excerpts:
“We’re always trying to improve the team and we’re always looking at all the options that are out there. 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.
“I feel and I think we feel, we’re probably as well-position as the good teams in the East to make improvements to our team over the next two or three years. There are going to be opportunities there to hit the home run.
“Now we have to wait for the next opportunity to improve our team. With that said, we like our team now. We’re 21 games over .500. We’ve been kind of middle ground the last several years. It’s very difficult to go from that to a good team. I feel we’ve done that."
On Bulls on the lookout for players who get contract buyouts:
“There will be a buyout market, there always is. We’ll be on top of that. We’ll add a player or two players. I don’t see something that’s going to significantly impact our team.
“I don’t know when the right time is. But when the opportunity presents itself, we want to position ourselves to be ready to jump on it."
On the uncertainty of a new collective bargaining agreement in the NBA:
“We don’t know what we’re facing going forward. We didn’t want to give up a young asset for what could be a rental. You don’t know what’s on the horizon. We want to see what the playing field’s going to look like."
On how close the Bulls came to doing a deal:
“I don’t know if we ever got to the 5- or 10-yard line, but we were in some serious conversations with a number of teams. At the end of the day, we thought it was too rich to get marginally better."