A major overhaul of the Chicago Bulls’ front office is underway under incoming president Arturas Karnisovas.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Karnisovas is targeting numerous assistant general managers for the GM role with the Bulls. Among them is former NBA player Calvin Booth, who worked alongside Karnisovas in Denver.
Karnisovas is being given a lot of power to completely reshape Chicago’s basketball operations. He was clearly the top choice of the Bulls, and now that they’re hiring him, they’re letting him bring in who he wants. This is good news for the Bulls, who have been dysfunctional at the top for quite a while.
The Chicago Bulls have found a new person to head up their basketball operations.
The Bulls are finalizing a deal with Arturas Karnisovas to be in charge of their front office, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. Woj says the Bulls offered Karnisovas the job on Wednesday night and the two sides were working on a deal.
Karnisovas has been Denver’s general manager since 2017. He is Lithuanian and played college basketball at Seton Hall before going on to play professionally in Europe.
Karnisovas has been part of the Nuggets’ front office since 2013. According to Woj, Karnisovas will be tasked with building Chicago’s front office, including hiring a general manager.
The Chicago Bulls appear to be focusing on one name as they search for a new top basketball executive.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Bulls have completed a second interview with Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas, and he is the “clear frontrunner” to get the job.
Karnisovas has an endorsement from a player who knows him, and has clearly impressed the Bulls. It sounds like it would be a surprise at this point if he does not get the position.
The Chicago Bulls are searching far and wide for someone who can straighten out their basketball operations department, and former Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo is among the candidates.
Colangelo has interviewed with the Bulls for their top executive position, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Colangelo resigned from his job with the Sixers nearly two years ago following an embarrassing situation where it was determined that his wife (allegedly) was running a burner Twitter account and revealed sensitive team information through it. Colangelo maintained that he knew nothing about the account, but the 76ers were forced to part ways with him.
If you ignore the Twitter shenanigans in Philly, Colangelo was a successful executive for many years. He was named the 2007 NBA Executive of the Year with the Toronto Raptors and has plenty of experience. While hiring him could create some issues from a public relations standpoint, you can understand why a team like the Bulls would have interest.
The Chicago Bulls are in the process of interviewing candidates who they believe have a chance to run their basketball operations department, and Wes Wilcox and Danny Ferry are two of the names on the list.
Wilcox, who was formerly the general manager of the Atlanta Hawks, and Ferry, who also worked for the Hawks’ front office in addition to several other teams, reportedly interviewed for the Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations job.
Wilcox began with the Hawks as their assistant GM in 2012 and was promoted to GM in 2015. Atlanta reached the postseason every year Wilcox was a part of the team’s front office, and they have missed the playoffs the past two years. Wilcox resigned in 2017 and now works as an analyst for NBA TV.
Ferry has history as a Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers GM. He has been working with the Pelicans since 2016, though only became the interim GM two months ago. His comments about Luol Deng contributed to his ousting in Atlanta.
The Bulls are looking to hire an executive who would have full control over basketball decisions, and they have reportedly already been turned down by one candidate. It’s unclear if there is a frontrunner for the job at this point, though they will likely take their time with the process.
The Chicago Bulls are looking to make a major change to their front office structure, and one of their current key decision-makers is willing to step out of the way entirely if that is what the team wants.
Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson is open to resigning from the organization if the Reinsdorfs, who own the the Bulls, feel that is best for the franchise. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times was told by a source that Paxson is prepared to either step aside and act as more of an advisor for the Bulls or step down entirely.
Paxson won three championships with the Bulls as a player, and he was hired as the team’s general manager in 2003 after longtime GM Jerry Krause resigned. The 59-year-old became the VP of basketball operations when Forman was named GM in 2009.
The Bulls are 22-43 this season and have not posted a winning record since 2015-16. The Chicago Sun-Times report notes that Paxson has grown increasingly frustrated with being lumped together with Forman, as the phrase “Gar-Pax” has gained popularity in Chicago in recent years. Typically, fans have used the term when discussing the duo’s inability to bring the team back to championship contention.
The Bulls are looking to hire a new front office executive who will have full control over basketball decisions, so it would be tough not to view any transition to another role for Paxson as a demotion. At least one candidate has reportedly already turned down the Bulls.
The Chicago Bulls are getting a few rejections as they seek out a new head of basketball operations.
The Miami Heat announced Monday that assistant GM Adam Simon has turned down the opportunity to interview for the Chicago job.
This is at least the second name that turned down an interview with the Bulls organization. That doesn’t necessarily mean anything bad, as the organization is casting a wide net in its search.
There’s one name that has received a high-profile endorsement, but that’s as far as that has gotten. The Bulls will ultimately receive plenty of interest, and with the NBA shut down, they have time to conduct a thorough process and find the right leader for their organization.
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.
Those holding out hope for an expedited release of ESPN’s upcoming Chicago Bulls documentary are probably out of luck.
In an interview this week with Front Row, Burke Magnus, the executive vice president of programming acquisitions and scheduling for the network, indicated that an early release for “The Last Dance” is unlikely.
“Overall, any original content project that we can conceivably move up, we are obviously considering that, including films,” said Magnus. “I know some have asked about ‘The Last Dance’ and the reality is that the production of that film has not yet been completed, so we are limited there at the moment. Obviously, you can’t air it until it’s done.”
Rumors of an early release for the documentary, which is set to give an in-depth look at the 1997-98 Bulls season, began swirling in recent days amid the coronavirus pandemic. Notably, ESPN began advertising the documentary as “coming soon” instead of the June 2020 release date previously announced.
While excited viewers may have to sit tight for a bit longer, rest assured there is still plenty of newfound sports content for those at home in quarantine.
Zach LaVine is grinding through another disappointing season with the Chicago Bulls, and he was openly frustrated with head coach Jim Boylen late in Saturday night’s loss to the Phoenix Suns.
The Bulls fell to 19-38 on the season with another rough performance at home, and LaVine appeared to think the loss took a little longer than it needed to. After the Suns extended their lead to 112-102 with just over 30 seconds remaining, Boyle decided to call a timeout. It was actually LaVine who signaled for the timeout, but it clearly wasn’t his decision. This video made that quite obvious:
The Bulls had a 17-point lead at one time in the game, but they fell apart down the stretch. They have done that quite a bit over the past two seasons, and LaVine apparently felt calling a timeout down four possessions that late was just delaying the inevitable. Either that, or he thought the Bulls should play faster and save the timeouts. The former seems a lot more likely.
LaVine has had some ups and downs with Boylen since Boylen took over for former Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. LaVine, who is averaging 25.1 points per game this season, was vocal about his displeasure with Boylen early in the season after the star point guard was pulled for playing bad defense. As the losses continue to pile up, the tension will probably increase.