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Report: Bulls interview Bryan Colangelo for top basketball operations position

Bulls, Bryan Colangelo

The Chicago Bulls are moving in a different direction, and they’re currently in the process of interviewing candidates for the top basketball operations position. While Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas is viewed as the favorite, the Bulls have also interviewed Bryan Colangelo for the job, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.

Colangelo most recently served as president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, a post he held from 2016 through 2018.

Of course, Colangelo’s term with the 76ers ended in a scandal, as it was alleged in May 2018 that he had created numerous secret Twitter accounts to disparage former Philadelphia executive Sam Hinkie and several Sixers players, including Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor.

Philly launched an investigation regarding the matter, and Colangelo ended up resigning in June 2018. It was revealed that his wife, Barbara Bottini, created three of the Twitter accounts that leaked information from the organization. Colangelo had an account of his own, but he never used it to send out messages.

Colangelo also held lead executive roles with the Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors, winning Executive of the Year with the Raptors back in 2007 after Toronto won its first Atlantic Division title in franchise history.

Chicago’s front office, which has been led by John Paxson and Gar Forman for an extended period, has been in dire need of a change for quite some time.

Prior to the NBA’s season being suspended due to the coronavirus, the Bulls were just 22-43 on the year and were on their way to missing the playoffs for the fourth time in five years.

Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik was the first to interview for this Bulls job. Former Atlanta Hawks executives Wes Wilcox and Danny Ferry also just interviewed for the job. Ferry most recently was interim general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans and has also held jobs with the San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers.