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Bulls reviews: Gar Forman

Bulls general manager Gar Forman faces a summer full of big decisions. Dennis Wierzbicki/USA TODAY Sports

Gar Forman

Season recap: Nobody knew that Derrick Rose would go down again with another season-ending knee injury, but Forman did a solid job of landing D.J. Augustin to fill a hole and provide offensive stability. He also made a wise choice in dealing Luol Deng given that as soon as Rose went down the Bulls' championship aspirations were over.

Season highlight: It has to be the Augustin signing. The diminutive point guard was claimed off waivers from the Toronto Raptors in mid December and went on to be described as a season saver by teammates and coaches, helping push the Bulls into the playoffs.

Season lowlight: The playoffs. Forman and executive vice president John Paxson were the ones who gave Tom Thibodeau his first professional head-coaching opportunity, but Thibodeau did not trust the roster the rest of the roster the front office put together after dealing Deng. The Bulls were out of gas in the postseason and lost to a better team in the Washington Wizards.

Final grade: B

Notes: The relationship between Forman and Thibodeau will be on full display for the world to see over the coming weeks. That's because Thibodeau's name has popped up as a candidate for a couple different jobs recently. The fact that neither Forman nor Thibodeau has said anything publicly regarding the coach's future in Chicago continues to frustrate a large portion of the fan base that likes the successful head coach.

Quotable: "You don't know what direction it could go. When I say we could have flexibility, that's dependent on some different ways that we could go. At this point, it's not definite that we would have a large amount of flexibility, but that's one of the roads we can take. There's so many moving parts that can happen. It will obviously be an active summer for us." -- Forman, after the season, on if he believed the Bulls could land a big free agent this summer.

What's next?: On top of the ongoing Thibodeau drama, Forman has to find a way to add another big-time scorer to help take the pressure off Rose. Fans are expecting the Bulls to make a hard push for New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony or make a trade for the Minnesota Timberwolves' Kevin Love. If the Bulls don't land either, Forman likely will try to push for European star Nikola Mirotic to come over and play for the Bulls. No matter what happens, all eyes will be on the veteran exec to make the right decision for the organization as it tries to win another title.