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Report: Bulls hire Billy Donovan as new head coach

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Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan has agreed to become the new coach of the Chicago Bulls, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Billy Donovan led the Thunder to the playoffs all five years he was in OKC. He compiled a regular-season record of 243-157 and a postseason mark of 18-23.

The Bulls, who have been a walking disaster since trading All-Star small forward Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night in 2017, are under new leadership in Arturas Karnisovas and Marc Eversley. Chicago hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2016-17 season, so fans of the club are hoping Karnisovas, Eversley and Donovan can turn the franchise around quickly.

The roster in Chicago is headlined by Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter. The Bulls won only 22 games in 2019-20 before the season was suspended in March due to COVID-19. They weren’t invited to Walt Disney World for the seeding games since they had the fifth-worst record in the Eastern Conference standings.

Donovan is excellent at player development, which is ideal for the Bulls since the team doesn’t have an All-Star on the roster yet, though LaVine is pretty close to fitting that bill. Chicago has the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft. It will be interesting to see which direction the Bulls go in, but at least they got their new coach after finally firing Jim Boylen.