• Alec Liebsch

Chicago Bulls Splitting Up GarPax

Updated: Apr 4, 2020

The Chicago Bulls are undergoing an organizational makeover. According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the franchise has officially begun searching for its next top executive.

Per Wojnarowski, the search would have started sooner if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

This marks the end of the "GarPax" regime, headlined by the General Manager, Gar Forman, and the Vice President of Basketball Operations, James Paxson. Bulls fans have been wanting this for a long time now, and when looking at the administration's transactions, it's hard to blame those dissenters.

Paxson ran the Bulls' basketball operations from 2003 to 2009, and not too many of his moves were worth writing home about. Trading LaMarcus Aldridge for Tyrus Thomas encapsulates the bad, and the good, such as drafting Derrick Rose, was ruined by poor internal management.

Since GarPax became a tandem at the start of the 2009-10 league calendar, things haven't been great either. From drafting Kevin Seraphin and Denzel Valentine early, to trading everything (Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris, to be exact) for Doug McDermott, to going all-in with Rajon Rondo and Dwayne Wade, to deciding that Zach LaVine is their franchise player, GarPax's work over the last decade has stained the once-historic organization.

Wojnarowski reports that the franchise will start conducting interviews next week. Two candidates that have been made public are the Denver Nuggets' and Toronto Raptors' GMs, Arturas Karnisovas and Bobby Webster, respectively. Either addition would do wonders for Chicago.

Karnisovas has been a huge part of the Nuggets' rise to contention, which has hit on several late draft picks (Nikola Jokic being the headliner) and under-the-radar trades (Nurkic and Harris, Will Barton, etc.).

Webster's work speaks for itself; the Raptors are one of the best organizations in the league, finally breaking through with a championship last season. He has been with the organization since 2013, meaning he has been instrumental in several successful moves, such as the Pascal Siakam pick and Kawhi Leonard trade.

Paxson is expected to remain with the franchise in an advisory role; Forman's future has not yet been determined.