Bulls eye extension for Joakim Noah

Updated: September 27, 2010, 2:22 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Monday that he's hopeful an extension for center Joakim Noah can be worked out, but negotiations wouldn't necessarily affect any trade talks.

ESPNChicago.com reported in August that the Bulls and Noah's agent Donald Dell were working on an extension for the 25-year-old player.

"We're hopeful we can get something done," Forman said during "Media Day" festivities at the Berto Center. "If not, it's not going to change where we're at."

Noah said he hopes details of his contract negotiations will be kept private, and he's hopeful a new contract will happen.

Forman said he spoke to Noah and Luol Deng, who both have been mentioned in reports about trade talks for Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony.

"If there's an opportunity to improve our team, we're going to explore it," said Forman, who said he wants to be transparent with both players.

Deng said Forman, vice president John Paxson and coach Tom Thibodeau told him they're comfortable with their current team.

"Carmelo Anthony is probably going to get traded," Noah said. "As a player, you can only control the things you can control. I think Lu understands that. I think everybody understands that."

Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose also is happy with the roster as it currently stands.

"I think we're good. We don't need any more pieces," Rose said.

Nick Friedell covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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