Report: Bulls Formally Launch Search For Lead Exec

The Nuggets' Arturas Karnisovas and the Raptors' Bobby Webster are candidates.

670 The Score Staff
April 03, 2020 - 12:37 pm

(670 The Score) The Bulls have taken the next step in what they had already started behind the scenes.

The Bulls have formally launched a search for a new lead executive in their basketball operations department, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported Friday afternoon. The newly hired individual will have full authority in basketball operations decisions, ESPN reported.

News of the Bulls' search to add to the front office first broke in mid-February at the end of All-Star weekend in Chicago, where Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf canvassed the league doing background work and gaining intel on potential candidates. The Sun-Times first reported that news.

As part of the Bulls' search, they plan to ask permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Raptors general manager Bobby Webster, ESPN reported. Both of those individuals are second in command in their departments.

Beyond them, Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan, Jazz general manager Justin Zanik, Clippers general manager Michael Winger and Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon are other candidates on the Bulls' list, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported.

Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson is expected to remain with the organization in an advisory role, as previous reports indicated. General manager Gar Forman's future with the team remains uncertain.

Before the coronavirus pandemic halted play, the Bulls were struggling mightily at 22-43 in their third rebuilding season. Paxson has led the Bulls' basketball operations department since April 2003. The Bulls have made 11 playoff trips in the 16 full seasons since but have won just five playoff series in that time and have had just one trip to the Eastern Conference finals.