Report: Billy Donovan overhauling Bulls’ coaching staff
Chicago Bulls leadership continues to change at the top, including bringing in a new head coach in Billy Donovan. The franchise already made multiple changes in upper management, with Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley taking over for John Paxson and Gar Forman as president of basketball operations and general manager, respectively.
Karnisovas and Eversley were given full authority to make sweeping changes, if necessary. They started by firing former head coach Jim Boylen and replacing him with former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan.
It would seem Donovan has been given permission to make changes to the rest of the coaching staff.
K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago reported Donovan has called current Bulls assistants to let them know he will be “starting fresh” with his own assistants.
Johnson also noted the Reinsdorf family has given Karnisovas and Eversley the “green light” to eat cash if necessary, which might eventually trickle down to the roster.
Billy Donovan is calling current Bulls assistants and telling them he’s “starting fresh,” per sources. Widespread changes include at least Roy Rogers, Nate Loenser and Dean Cooper. Ownership continues to give new regime green light to eat $ since most were under contract.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 12, 2020
The Bulls are in full transition mode ahead of the 2020-21 season, but management will hope Donovan can maximize the talent on the young roster.
Donovan and his staff had tremendous success with the Thunder last season. Chris Paul was (rightfully) praised as a consummate leader in OKC, but youngsters like Luguentz Dort and Darius Bazley also experienced growth under Donovan.
Chicago has promising young players in Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Coby White. The Bulls have also had success when Otto Porter Jr. has been on the floor, though that has been a rarity after an injury-riddled campaign this past year.
In any case, the Bulls are looking to make a playoff push next year. Donovan will assemble his staff so as to accomplish that mission.