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.
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