According to Mike McGraw, Paxson's role is being further diminished as part of a long standing plan. That's not really surprising to me given that Paxson looked to be on his way out over a year ago. McGraw also mentions most players were non-committal in exit interviews about Vinny Del Negro.
It's unclear whether Rose/Noah were in favor in the public while non-committal in exit interviews.
The Bulls are also heading into the next phase of their management
transition. Forman will be making more of the key decisions while vice
president of basketball operations John Paxson moves into a consulting
role. This was the plan long before Paxson got into a physical
confrontation with Del Negro following a March 30 home game.
Several Bulls players gave public votes of support for Del Negro after
last week's playoff loss to Cleveland - Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah,
in particular. During exit interviews with Forman and Paxson, most
players were non-committal about the coaching decision.
Is anything changing with the Bulls front office here really? Is John Paxson just following the plan they had all along while likely leaving the Bulls in another year or staying on in a greatly diminished role?
The other way to read it is that this is purely a PR move to satisfy the media onslaught to get rid of Paxson by pushing him into a different job title while nothing really changes on the inside.
I tend to believe the first, simply because Paxson has been rumored to want to leave anyway, but the latter is certainly plausible as well.
As for the players, it doesn't surprise me that they were non-committal on Vinny, I'd love to know if that extended to Rose/Noah and if they were simply putting up a united front for the media or not. I happen to know some of the vets weren't real fond of Vinny, so it could be two distinct groups here with young guys (taj, noah, rose) supporting him and vets (everyone else) not.
Just a guess.