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Report: Bulls expected to pursue Billy Donovan

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The Chicago Bulls are expected to pursue Billy Donovan for their head coaching job, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder parted ways on Tuesday. The former Florida Gator coach and OKC chose not to complete a contract extension.

The Bulls fired head coach Jim Boylen, as the franchise is under new leadership in Arturas Karnisovas. Chicago hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2016-17 season. The roster is currently headlined by Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, Wendell Carter Jr. and Otto Porter.

The Bulls also have the fourth pick in the 2020 draft.

With the Thunder, Billy Donovan went 243-157 in the regular season. He also guided OKC to the Western Conference Finals in 2015-16.

The Bulls weren’t invited to Walt Disney World for the season restart since they had one of the worst records in the NBA before the 2019-20 season was suspended in March. Chicago only won 22 games and was dysfunctional under Boylen.

Bulls fans are hoping Karnisovas and new general manager Marc Eversley will make the right coaching hire and help turn the organization into a winner again. Since the Michael Jordan-Scottie Pippen era ended, Chicago has only been to the Eastern Conference Finals once. That was in 2010-11 when Derrick Rose became the youngest MVP in NBA history and led the Bulls to the best record in the NBA.