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Report: Bulls looking for new executive to give full power over basketball decisions

The Chicago Bulls are making some major changes to their front office after struggling over the past few seasons.

The Bulls have begun a formal search for a top executive who would be given full authority over basketball decisions, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Two of the possible candidates for the position include Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Toronto Raptors GM Bobby Webster.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and GM Gar Forman have been informed of the search, and it is possible that both could remain with the franchise. Wojnarowski reports that Paxson will likely continue with Chicago in an advisory role, while ownership will have more conversations with Forman going forward. Forman has been the GM of the Bulls since 2009, and he could be reassigned to a scouting position.

The Bulls are 22-43 this season and have not posted a winning record since 2015-16. Franchise consultant Doug Collins has reportedly told the team that a change is needed, and he was said to be opposed to the hiring of Fred Hoiberg a few years back.

Karnisovas is credited with helping to turn the Nuggets into a Western Conference contender, while Webster has worked with Masai Ujuri in Toronto and helped assemble a championship roster last year. Bulls fans will welcome the change after several years of disappointing play.

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