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REPORT: Bulls set to make big decision in coaching search

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The Chicago Bulls appear to be closing in on their new head coach. According to a report by Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Windy City front office has already some top candidates in mind.

The Bulls are narrowing to finalists for their head coaching job and expect to conduct final interviews soon, sources said. Denver assistant Wes Unseld Jr., Philadelphia assistant Ime Udoka, Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham and former Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson are among the coaches who have had strong interviews so far.

It has been months since the team parted ways with former coach Jim Boylen. They have taken their time in naming their new coach, but at this point, they are almost there.

It is worth noting that Boylen did not exactly see eye to eye with most of his players. Earlier reports suggest that he lost control of his locker room, with several key players on the squad also airing their qualms about Boylen’s man management. Surely, this is something that the Bulls brass have taken into consideration, and perhaps one of the primary reasons why they have been extremely prudent with their search.

This is going to be an important offseason for Chicago, with several key personnel decisions also looming. Otto Porter Jr., who has a player option in his current deal for next season, will require a hefty payday if the Bulls want to keep him on board. Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine will also enter free agency this offseason, while Lauri Markkannen will now have just two years remaining in his current contract.

It would be in the Chicago’s best interest to end their search for their new head coach so that they can focus on other pressing matters at hand.