We have a lot to say, so let’s go!
- The Bulls officially conducted their first interview:
Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik conducted a video interview with the Chicago Bulls today for the opening of the franchise’s executive vice president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN. Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas will speak to Bulls midweek.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 6, 2020
- Yeah, it’s real now. Earlier today we learned that the Bulls were planning to interview Jazz general manager Justin Zanik and Nuggets Arturas Karnisovas general manager, and I guess Michael Reinsdorf wanted things to start as soon as possible.
- Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN initially indicated that the team would start interviewing the candidates this week, but we are only one day away and they have already done an interview and another in the books for later this week! Efficiency! While the Bulls can certainly take their time, it really doesn’t bother me urgently. The sooner their new chief is hired, the sooner the rest of the front office can be rebuilt. Remember, the Bulls are looking to hire several people, and it all starts with the delivery of the keys to this new *What is that* “Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. “
- Yes, to my knowledge, this is the first time that we have received the title of the position for which the Bulls are recruiting. I know we all expected Paxson to be stripped of his role, but it’s a confirmation. After 11 years, someone else will hold that title and have full basketball authority. In addition, it should tell us that the person hired for this position will hire the next general manager (and the person he wants).
- I was more optimistic than the others, but I would be lying to you if I said that I was not yet afraid that John Paxson would stay somewhere in the Bulls organization. Although I think the Reinsdorfs have enough common sense to push him so far behind his back that even a dog can’t hear him, I just hate the idea that he’s hiding behind the scenes. However, according to NBC Sports Chicago Johnson’s K.C., we shouldn’t be worried. Here’s what he said earlier this morning on 670 The Score:
We’ll give you the keys to the kingdom, it’s full authority to make basketball decisions, it’s job # 1. John [Paxson] will be around, we all know how much the Reinsdorfs love and appreciate him, but John is not going to hover, it’s not who John is. You know John, he wants the best for the Bulls, he won’t hover. This person, whoever it is, will be allowed to hire additional staff, if I understand correctly. So they can build this infrastructure as they see fit.
- I suppose. I still don’t like this idea, but I’m not about to say it can’t work either. If his words are true and the Reinsdorfs are ready to silence Paxson, this front office should work like new.
- Miami Heat deputy general manager Adam Simon is no longer a candidate for the Bulls (it was confirmed Monday afternoon that he would stay with the Heat). Am I surprised? Eh, not really. Am i sad Uh, yeah, a little. Simon was an intriguing candidate, but the same can be said of the other executives the Bulls are targeting. In addition, Simon has been part of the Heat organization for over 20 years and has only advanced in the rankings. Obviously, President Pat Riley respects his services, and the Heat was not just going to let him go so easily. It happens (Michael: Not in MLB… stupid NBA). It is time to move on. Also, I don’t think it’s necessarily wrong to say that Karnisovas and Zanik both have more diverse experience at the league level.
#Heat Vice President of Basketball Operations / Deputy General Manager Adam Simon will remain the Heat, according to a team spokesperson. The Bulls would have been interested in recent days. @TheAthleticMIA @TheAthleticNBA @TheAthleticCHI #HeatTwitter
– André Fernandez (@FernandezAndreC) April 6, 2020
- Two new names will appear on the list of Bulls candidates today: GM Magic Assistant Matt Lloyd and Assistant Clippers GM Trent Redden. If the first name sounds familiar, it should. Lloyd spent 13 years with the Chicago Bulls, holding various titles. He rose through the ranks, starting in the video room and eventually becoming the director of university scouting. Lloyd has now been with Magic since 2012 and has been Deputy General Manager all the time. To his credit, he has held various positions throughout his career in the NBA, but for many reasons, I do not like the idea of a former front employee returning to direct the show. The Bulls have to move in a whole new direction and hiring a familiar face for this # 1 position – as qualified as it is – just doesn’t feel right. Modify it, please.
- It’s more like that! Redden is another proven young front office spirit who now heads two top teams. He was a GM assistant in Cleveland when the Cavaliers won their first NBA championship, and he joined the Los Angeles Clippers in 2018 to help them become the power they are today. While in Cleveland, he worked as director of basketball operations and director of player personnel before moving on to the GM assistant position there. However, when the Cavaliers decided to clean up the house in 2017, Redden was released with David Griffin (now executive vice president of basketball operations with the Pelicans). Obviously, considered a senior manager, he landed very well. Last season, he interviewed for the Pelicans GM post with his former boss, but decided to return to the Clippers. Wojnarowski cited “the unfinished business” of Redden in Los Angeles as one of the reasons, which could very well remain true today. Maybe a bigger position could divert him.