Rumor: Rival NBA executives believe Bulls coach Jim Boylen will be fired
The Chicago Bulls recently put together a brand-new front office, headlined by the new vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Eversley. This new regime could unseat current head coach Jim Boylen as part of a wholesale change in the organization.
According to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic, multiple rival executives believe Boylen will be fired and replaced by a coach of Karnisovas’ choosing.
Mayberry doubled down on that during a Q&A session, noting he believes Boylen is 100% gone when it’s all said and done.
The Bulls are unlikely to rush into firing Boylen and go on a quest for hiring the next coach without some semblance of what’s to be expected for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. Chicago and many other franchises are expecting to feel a finality for the 2019-20 season before deciding on the next steps.
Karnisovas wants to give Boylen (or whoever coaches next season) full autonomy on choosing his coaching staff. Considering the Bulls have already removed John Paxson and Gar Forman from the front-office decision-making, bringing in his own guy just makes sense if Karnisovas is to start his new stint off the right foot.
Artie already lined up his own general manager in Eversley and an assistant manager in J.J. Polk. After being aggressive to find those two hires, it only makes sense that he would make a change on the sidelines to completely revamp the structure of a franchise that’s fallen well short of expectations in recent years.