Latest On Bulls’ Front Office Search

After Joe Cowley of The Chicago Sun-Times and K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported during All-Star weekend that the Bulls were laying the groundwork to hire a new general manager and re-assign Gar Forman to a scouting role, both reporters have offered updates on Chicago’s forthcoming front office changes.

A source tells Cowley that the Bulls are still determining how the power structure in the new-look front office will work, noting that multiple executives could be hired, rather than just a GM to replace Forman. Cowley’s source also says that VP of basketball operations John Paxson will still have a “valuable seat at the table” in the restructured front office, even if it appears as if he’s transitioning to a background role.

While it remains to be seen how the Bulls’ management group will be structured once new hires are made, Cowley’s report indicates that Paxson and COO Michael Reinsdorf are still “running the show.” The Reinsdorfs – including owner Jerry Reinsdorf – have “100 percent faith” in Paxson to lead the organization, Cowley writes.

If a new general manager has to report to Paxson, it may be more challenging for the Bulls to recruit a top-tier candidate. However, K.C. Johnson hears from multiple league sources that Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan is one candidate who appears to be gaining momentum.

Buchanan, who previously held front office roles in Charlotte and Portland, was named Indiana’s GM in 2017 when the team promoted Kevin Pritchard to president of basketball operations. According to Johnson, Buchanan is “widely known for his embrace of analytics.” He and Pritchard have done a good job retooling the Pacers’ roster over the last three years, starting with the Paul George trade that netted the team a pair of All-Stars (Victor Oladipo and Domantas Sabonis) despite being widely panned at the time.

Because he’s already a level below the head of basketball operations in Indiana, Buchanan may be open to a position working under – or alongside – Paxson in Chicago. Still, Johnson’s report doesn’t suggest that the Bulls have asked for or received permission to interview the Pacers’ executive yet.

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10 thoughts on “Latest On Bulls’ Front Office Search

  1. bryzzo_2016

    What a ****show. Again, as long as Reinsdorf owns the Bulls/White Sox they will continue to be irrelevant jokes. Why would Pritchard make a lateral move to the Bulls?!?

    • JBHoops

      Money…I guess? Bulls aren’t really known for throwing money around so it’s hard to see them offering a big raise to a current executive of a current team.

      • Bulls have been the 3rd to 5th highest revenue team for years and the reinsdorfs just pocket it, if Paxson is still there they are doing this to try and make fans think they are changing something, activity does not mean accomplishment, they are a garbage ownership group, they are a garbage front office, the team needs to be sold for anything to change or this trash will continue, Paxson continues to talk about Zack lavine like he’s a good basketball player, they even have espn telling fans to quiet down at the all star game, so pathetic, this article proves they think nothing’s wrong, confident in Paxson running the team even though they haven’t made it out of the first round of the playoffs in 10 years, pathetic

  2. windycitykid89

    If Paxson is still running the show after all this, then it means nothing. If they want to prove to the fans that they will get better, then get rid of all these clowns in charge and start fresh

  3. midway_monster85

    Jesus does Paxson have mind control over Reinsdorf? Garbage Paxson should of been gone five years ago.

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