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Bulls GM Gar Forman keeping his NBA draft options open

The NBA draft combine, held Thursday and Friday at Quest Multisport, is as much about poker faces from executives as it is performance from prospects.

But for those who want to stoke the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes fire, Bulls general manager Gar Forman might have offered some tea leaves for reading.

"If we want to try to create more cap room, we may look at doing something with one or both of our (first-round) picks," Forman said.

Or maybe Forman, who is to poker faces what Jerry Krause was to secrecy, didn't.

"When you have two picks like we do, it gives us a lot of opportunities," Forman said in the next breath. "Maybe there is an opportunity to move up if there's a certain guy we want to try to go get. We have stashed guys (overseas) like we did (Nikola) Mirotic. That may be something we look at. Or we may move a pick or two picks into the future. There are so many different avenues we can take this summer."

That seems to about cover it all. Translated: Welcome to a fluid Bulls offseason.

The Bulls, who own the 16th and 19th picks in the first round, scheduled their usual busy combine week. They met with Creighton's Doug McDermott, among others, on Wednesday; will meet with Duke's Rodney Hood, among others, on Friday; and have Michigan's Glenn Robinson III scheduled for a post-combine workout on Monday.

"Most everyone here, we've scouted for years," Forman said.

Team spirit: Former Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen thinks Steve Kerr will succeed as a rookie coach with the Warriors.

"He's a great people person and has a great personality," Pippen said. "He'll be great for the job. He won't take it too serious, but he's a guy you have to take serious."

Kerr's decision to spurn Phil Jackson and the Knicks for a five-year, $25 million deal with the Warriors created quite the buzz Thursday. Jackson is in town but wasn't expected at the gym until Friday. Former Bulls scout and Jackson hire Clarence Gaines Jr. attended with other Knicks brass.

"I was a little bit surprised," Pippen said of Kerr not taking the Knicks job. "I figured he wanted to run the triangle (offense) and team up with Phil, a guy who has been a great teacher of it. But it didn't work out."

Layups: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't comment on rumors linking his name to coaching openings, including that of the Lakers. It's highly unlikely any come to fruition. Thibodeau has three years remaining on his deal, and the Bulls would either deny permission for teams to speak with him or request considerable compensation. ... The Bulls have given the Jazz permission to interview assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who was a finalist for the 76ers job last summer.

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