Jim Boylen will be back as Bulls head coach, could get long-term deal
Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said at his end-of-season press conference it’s “very possible” the franchise extends head coach Jim Boylen on a long-term deal before next season.
Boylen’s current deal is only through the 2019-20 season:
John Paxson says it's "very possible" that #Bulls extend Jim Boylen on long-term deal before next season. He has already talked to the Reinsdorfs about the idea.
— Cody Westerlund (@CodyWesterlund) April 11, 2019
Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 3, 2018. The Bulls fired Hoiberg after a 5-19 start.
Chicago went 17-41 under Boylen. They finished the season with an overall record of 22-60, which was good for 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
It’s clear as day that Paxson, Bulls general manager Gar Forman and owner Jerry Reinsdorf love Boylen. The players seemed to get on board with Boylen’s structure as the season went along as well. The beginning of Boylen’s tenure was rough. The Bulls players threatened to boycott a practice after Boylen wanted to run one after the team had just completed a back-to-back.
A leadership committee was formed this season in Chicago. Yes, it was that type of year for the Bulls, who will enter Year 3 of the rebuild next season.
As long as Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Otto Porter Jr. and Wendell Carter Jr. get along with Boylen, that’s all that really matters. Those are the four players the Bulls are looking to build around, plus their high draft pick this year.