The Chicago Bulls are said to be looking to hire a new general manager this summer. The Bulls are expected to keep current general manager Gar Forman, but mostly as a scout. Whoever Chicago hires will still report to vice president John Paxson and Chief Operating Officer Michael Reinsdorf.
However, according to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls’ new front office hire is expected to have significant autonomy in basketball operations:
But here’s the rub: However the Bulls end up restructuring the front office this season, there will be at least one new prominent voice in basketball operations. So, Boylen’s future won’t merely be decided by who is currently employed by ownership.
In fact, while executive vice president John Paxson will remain with the organization, the biggest new hire is expected to have significant autonomy in basketball operations. While it’s unknown at this point whether this hire would be able to solely determine Boylen’s future, that prerequisite likely would be a priority for most attractive candidates.
Could the Bulls follow in the footsteps of the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers and now New York Knicks and hire a former agent as their president? It’s possible.
If Chicago goes that route, one name to keep an eye on is evidently Mark Bartelstein. The former investment banker turned super agent founded Chicago-based Priority Sports and Entertainment. Bartelstein is well respected all throughout the league as an agent and knows the Bulls organization very well.
The Bulls are 20-39 on the season. They are in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.