Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik did a video interview with the Chicago Bulls on Monday for the franchise’s Executive VP of Basketball Operations opening, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas will interview with the Bulls next:
Utah Jazz GM Justin Zanik did a video interview with the Chicago Bulls today for the franchise's Executive VP of Basketball Operations opening, sources tell ESPN. Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas will interview with Bulls mid-week.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 6, 2020
The Jazz promoted Dennis Lindsey to executive vice president of basketball operations and Justin Zanik to general manager last summer.
Per K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, Zanik attended Northwestern University and previously worked as a player agent, including representing former Bulls center Omer Asik.
Zanik is in his second stint with the Jazz after working as both assistant general manager and interim general manager for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Beyond Zanik and Karnisovas, the Bulls could also take a look at Orlando Magic assistant general manager Matt Lloyd and Los Angeles Clippers assistant general manager Trent Redden.
The Bulls’ new hire will be allowed to assemble the front office infrastructure as he sees fit. If the new guys wants to fire Bulls head coach Jim Boylen too, Chicago COO Michael Reinsdorf would let it happen even though he likes Boylen.
Chicago hasn’t been to the playoffs since the 2016-17 season. That was the final year of the Jimmy Butler era.
The Bulls have been a walking disaster since trading Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The franchise has also been lacking at the point guard spot since the Derrick Rose trade back in the summer of 2016.