The Chicago Bulls are looking to reconfigure their front office with an experienced executive. The Bulls have received permission to interview two of their targets in Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Utah Jazz GM Justin Zanik, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago.
The Bulls had also eyed two key cogs in Toronto Raptors GM Bobby Webster and Miami Heat vice president of basketball operations Adam Simon, but both of those targets might be off the list along with Indiana Pacers GM Chad Buchanan, who pulled out of the running over the weekend.
According to Michael Grange of Sportsnet, the Raptors aren’t expected to grant permission to the Bulls to interview Webster until his contract is up at the tail end of the 2020-21 season.
According to Johnson, the same can be said about Simon, as the Heat plan to keep their executive on board after the hiatus.
Karnisovas is one of the linchpins in the Nuggets’ recent success, responsible in tandem with president Tim Connelly in drafting players like Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Michael Porter Jr. Other front offices in need have aimed for Connelly, like the Washington Wizards, but the president has made it clear he wants to remain with the franchise.
Zanik was one of the big proponents of drafting Donovan Mitchell, and he worked his hand to sign strong cogs like Bojan Bogdanovic this past summer, as well as trade for Mike Conley.
The Bulls are looking for a fresh perspective and a clear decision-maker in the front office, with the days of a John Paxson and Gar Forman reign likely seeing its last days as the shot-callers of this franchise. Chicago was hoping to take a step forward in 2019-20, but the club went into the hiatus with a disappointing 22-43 record, leading to these planned changes in the front office.