June 14, 2020, 7:43 pmOtto Porter Jr.SF, Chicago Bulls
In the view of K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls are searching for long-term options at the forward spot beyond Otto Porter.
The largest problem in this situation is Porter's ability to stay healthy. He's only appeared in 29 games for the Bulls since being acquired from the Wizards, and it is difficult for the Bulls to view him as a cornerstone until he proves as much on the court for them. In all likelihood, Porter will pick up his $28,500,000 player-option this offseason, and he'll have a lot to prove in order to increase his earning power on the open market. There is still an effective two-way player in Porter, but his last two seasons have been walloped by injuries and the current stoppage in play.
Source: NBC Sports
June 6, 2020, 9:20 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reported that the Sixers' assistant coach, Ime Udoka, is the front-runner to be hired as the Bulls' new head coach.
New president Arturas Karnisovas and GM Marc Eversley are looking to part ways with current head coach Jim Boylen. This will likely be a positive for younger players on the Bulls' roster as Boylen seemed to have a disconnect with them. Raptors' assistant coach Adrian Griffin is also in consideration to be the Bulls' coach.
Source: Chicago Sun Times
May 27, 2020, 7:52 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reported that the Bulls were cleared by the Governor of Illinois and are in talks with city officials to open practice facilities on Friday for voluntary workouts that would follow the NBA guidelines.
The NBA's guidelines currently state that a maximum of four players are allowed in the facility at any given time and there can only be one player per hoop. The Bulls are currently eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. The Bulls may not play again this season given how far behind they are in the standings and the recent reports of proposals to not continue the regular season.
Source: K.C. Johnson on Twitter
May 8, 2020, 8:22 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
According to a report by Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, there are at least a couple of members of the Bulls who would like the franchise to move on from current head coach Jim Boylen.
This hardly comes as a surprise, as the Bulls have made a number of organizational and front office changes recently. It would make sense to just go ahead and allow new management to select a head coach of their choosing. This is especially true if the reports of Boylen's lack of chemistry with several of his players. Apparently, the Bulls could have a new coach by the time (if) the season resumes. In the report, Cowley indicates that the front office is essentially just waiting until the league makes a decision about the current season before making their own moves.
April 30, 2020, 2:59 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
While the Bulls have yet to say anything about Jim Boylen's future, multiple executives around the league expect him to be dismissed.
That is usually the case when a new front office arrives, and Chicago just hired a new VP of Basketball Ops and GM. It's being reported that Arturas Karnisovas is expected to bring in a coach of his choosing as he reworks the team, with Toronto's Adrian Griffin and Philadelphia's Ime Udoka among the named candidates. Boylen has brought in new assistants and helped the Bulls become a legitimately good defensive team, but overall there are too many questions about how young Bulls have developed under his tenure — to say nothing of a dismal record — to declare him safe in any way.
Source: The Athletic
April 27, 2020, 2:07 pmMarc EversleyTeam, Chicago Bulls
Marc Eversley is set to become the next GM of the Bulls.
Eversley, currently serving as an assistant GM with the Sixers, will join new Basketball Ops VP Arturas Karnisovas in Chicago's revamped brain trust. Prior to working with Philly, Eversley also spent time with the Raptors and Wizards, as well as a decade at Nike. A change in M.O. has been in store for a long time now, and the Bulls have picked the two men who will lead the charge into the future.
April 13, 2020, 2:49 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls have fired ex-GM Gar Forman.
After 22 years, with little to show for the last decade of work, Forman is out. It was expected that Forman would be removed with the hiring of new Basketball Ops VP Arturas Karnisovas, though it was reported that he would meet with the team to see exactly what a new role might look like. Lauri Markkanen had been unhappy with the direction of the franchise, so we'll see what the future holds. He's had the biggest fantasy dip of Chicago's big name players this season, so we'll see how he's utilized under new leadership.
Source: Rob Schaefer on Twitter
April 10, 2020, 8:15 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
According to Shams Charania, the Bulls are hiring Pelicans executive JJ Polk to be their assistant general manager.
This is the first personnel move made by recently installed head of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas. It's good to see him settle in quickly and already working on getting his culture integrated in the front office by surrounding himself with his people. The new regime will have its work cut out as the Bulls were in disarray in 2019-20.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 9, 2020, 10:36 pmZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
Jim Boylen expects to retain the Bulls' head coaching role despite a new regime as of Thursday's reports.
A Boylen firing seemed like one of the most obvious early moves from the new front office personnel in Chicago, but he seems to think that he will retain his role. It comes as a surprise for a franchise that has looked lost with no direction. There's some unrest in the locker room at this point so it seems apparent that something has to give and either Boylen or some of the younger Bulls will be shown the door.
Source: The Score on Twitter
April 9, 2020, 11:55 amZach LaVineSG, Chicago Bulls
The Bulls will hire Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their new VP of Basketball Operations, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
A deal between parties is being finalized but Karnisovas has been considered the frontrunner since his name emerged as one of the candidates. Karnisovas is replacing John Paxson and will be tasked with hiring a GM and a number of lower level staff to help reshape Chicago's entire basketball hierarchy. It's a much-needed move for a franchise that's looked listless despite having some talented young players.
April 8, 2020, 7:45 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Denver's GM Arturas Karnisovas completed a "second lengthy interview" for the Bulls' top basketball executive position on Wednesday.
The interview was with owner Jerry Reinsdorf and COO Michael Reinsdorf. Karnisovas is the "clear frontrunner" for the job, and a change in the front office can only be positive for the Bulls franchise and their players' fantasy values. Karnisovas joined the Nuggets as assistant GM in 2013 and was promoted to GM in 2017. During his time in the front office Denver has steadily improved and was headed for a second straight 50-win season. Hopefully he can bring in a coach that can reproduce Denver's offense, as the Bulls currently rank 29th in offensive rating this season.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
April 7, 2020, 11:18 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
Report: Nuggets' General Manager Arturas Karnisovas is the early frontrunner for the Bulls' top exec spot.
The Bulls are finally planning to move on from the Gar Foreman and John Paxson-led front office, though both may stay with the organization. Karnisovas has the draft and development track record that the Bulls are seeking. The search is in the early stages, though the Bulls do plan to have someone hired prior to the resumption of the season.
April 4, 2020, 9:49 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Pacers GM Chad Buchanan declined to interview for the Bulls' top basketball operations position.
Buchanan said he and his family are happy in Indianapolis and he is not interested in leaving. The Bulls are clearly moving fast with building their new front office after the announcement that GM Gar Forman and VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson are expected to move to different roles in the organization. A change in the front office and coaching staff could only be positive for fantasy purposes as the Bulls rank 29th in offensive rating this season. Hopefully a change would bring a more fantasy-friendly system with an emphasis on developing the younger talent on the roster.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
April 4, 2020, 8:51 pmLauri MarkkanenPF, Chicago Bulls
According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauri Markkanen had been unhappy with the direction of the Bulls organization even before the league went on hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Markkanen was so displeased, in fact, that he went on to state that if the situation were to remain unchanged, he'd prefer to be elsewhere. The Bulls power forward was a fantasy mess in 2019-20 and some of that could be attributed to the coach and some of it, to his injuries. Still, his statements put the team in a rough spot. considering Markkanen has been widely regarded as a core piece of their future plans. The Bulls are already shaking things up though, making moves towards freshening things up in the front office. The Markkanen-Bulls relationship is a must-watch storyline, especially given his potential in fantasy hoops.
Source: Chicago Sun-Times.
April 3, 2020, 1:44 pmZach LaVinePG, Chicago Bulls
Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Bulls have begun their search for a top executive who will have full authority on basketball decisions.
Interviews will begin next week, with Toronto GM Bobby Webster and Denver GM Arturas Karnisovas on Chicago's wish list. Ownership will have discussions with current GM Gar Forman about his place in the organization moving forward, whlie VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson is expected to move to an advisory role with the franchise. The Bulls have been lost in the wilderness for some time now, and it's mildly surprising that it's taken them this long to hunt for someone to take the power out of GarPax's collective hands.