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RUMOR: Bulls working on 3-year extension with Jim Boylen

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The Chicago Bulls are reportedly working on a three-year extension with head coach Jim Boylen, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson spoke glowingly of Boylen on Thursday at his end-of-the-season press conference and said the franchise was thinking about extending Boylen’s contract.

According to a source, the Bulls and Boylen have already been discussing a three-year contract extension to keep him in that head coaching chair, and now it’s just a matter of finishing up the details and deciding when to announce it.

Not that anyone should be surprised if they’ve been paying attention to the way both Michael Reinsdorf and Paxson have been impressed with Boylen, both behind closed doors and publicly.

Boylen took over for Fred Hoiberg in December. The Bulls went 17-41 under Boylen and finished the season at 22-60, 13th place in the Eastern Conference standings.

Paxson likes the way Boylen holds all the players on the team accountable. Boylen is definitely an old school type of coach, something Paxson, GM Gar Forman and the rest of the brass in Chicago enjoy seeing.

Zach LaVine, Otto Porter Jr., Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr. are the four players the Bulls are looking to build around moving forward.