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Bulls give Jim Boylen salary bump, deal through at least next season

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The Chicago Bulls have reportedly given head coach Jim Boylen a salary bump and a deal through the 2019-20 season, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Jim Boylen took over as head coach of the Chicago team on Dec. 3 after Fred Hoiberg was fired. The Bulls are just 5-13 under Boylen, but the 53-year-old has the full support of vice president John Paxson, general manager Gar Forman and the entire front office in Chicago.

A team source told the Sun-Times on Saturday that Boylen has not only received a bump in pay since he took over from Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 3, but that bump includes him receiving “a contract beyond this year.’’

The source was asked if the contract went past next season, and did not comment, but it was later confirmed that it was just through 2019-20 for now.

This bit of news is not going to go over well with Bulls fans. The Chicago faithful haven’t liked the way Boylen has coached the team with his strange playing rotations, offensive tactics and old school practice habits.

Chicago enters Saturday with a record of 10-32, 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings. At least for another season, the Bulls’ rebuild is going to be under the guidance of Boylen.