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Nothing has changed as far as Bulls management’s positive view of Jim Boylen

Bulls, Jim Boylen, Fred Hoiberg

Nothing has changed as far as the Chicago Bulls’ positive view of head coach Jim Boylen and all signs point toward Boylen being the coach next season, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Ex-Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg has joined the University of Nebraska. Chicago will owe Hoiberg roughly $1.5 million of the $5 million he had left on his contract.

In light of Hoiberg’s imminent hiring, some speculation immediately surfaced that the Bulls, who now will only owe Hoiberg roughly $1.5 million, may look to eat that money and Boylen’s remaining salary for next season and look for a new coach. But nothing has changed as far as management’s and ownership’s positive view of Boylen’s teaching habits in practice and holding players accountable, a source said

Boylen took over for Hoiberg on Dec. 3. Chicago has gone 16-36 since then.

Boylen’s first couple of week as head coach were really rough. The players almost boycotted a practice by not showing up. A leadership committee was formed soon thereafter.

The Bulls enter Saturday with an overall record of 21-55. The second season of the team’s rebuild has gone a little bit better considering Zach LaVine and Lauri Markkanen took the next steps in their development.