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RUMOR: John Paxson’s future role with the franchise, revealed

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Chicago Bulls VP John Paxson will move into an advisory role once Arturas Karnisovas officially takes Chicago’s top exec job, per Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Karnisovas had no issues with Jerry and Michael Reinsdorf keeping Paxson around the Bulls:

A source said that John Paxson will move into an advisory role, still being a sounding board for the Reinsdorfs – Jerry and Michael – and would only offer opinions in basketball matters if Karnisovas asks. This is completely Karnisovas’ show, and an important one.

However, a source indicated that Karnisovas had no issues with the Reinsdorfs keeping Paxson around. The Sun-Times reported earlier this week that Paxson, himself, was poised to step down from the organization if asked, but it never came down to that.

Bulls fans were hoping that Karnisovas would show Paxson the door. However, it appears John is going to be sticking around.

This is the first time in what seems like forever that the Bulls hired someone outside of the organization to run the team. Jerry Krause served as Bulls director of player personnel in the 1970s before going back to baseball when owner Jerry Reinsdorf hired him in 1985.

Reinsdorf then tabbed Paxson from the radio booth to replace Krause in 2003.

The Bulls have been a walking disaster since trading Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves in the summer of 2017. Chicago fans are praying Karnisovas can turn the franchise into a winner again.

Before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to COVID-19, the Bulls were in 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings with a record of 22-43.