NBA reporter Vincent Goodwill reports that Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas is the favorite to win the Bulls’ opening. With the roster full of young talent and the front office of the catch-up team in many fields, Michael Reinsdorf apparently thinks that Karnisovas is the perfect guy for the job.
“Several sources have told Yahoo Sports that Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas is the leader of the clubhouse. Karnisovas has a solid draft record and is known to be good at player development, two of the bullet points the Bulls have reserved for their next top basketball executive. ”
Well, I certainly agree with these two points.
Full disclosure, the Bulls have drafted decently considering their lottery luck in recent seasons, but find someone who can reorganize their screening service (who would be one of the smallest staffs in the league ) and relying on their young pieces is a must. Karnisovas has proven his talent, adding names like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to the list of Nuggets. In addition, he has worked as an international scout with the Houston Rockets in the past and at the NBA League office before that. In short, he is more than qualified to do exactly what the Bulls are looking for.
I am not at all surprised to hear that he is at the top of the Bulls list. Including the candidates who refused, Karnisovas has been one of the most experienced and experienced executives on the radar from the start. In addition, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN first hinted that he would be the type to watch once the process started.
A league source also told Goodwill that she thought Reinsdorf was looking for a recruit who could “surround himself with smart people” and that she was a “great talent assessor”. Again, this coincides with all of the discussions we’ve had on the Bulls focusing on hiring multiple people (aka a complete overhaul). Karnisovas is not only – by himself – a good candidate, but also someone who can adequately strengthen the rest of the front office.
Anyway, the only word we have had on maintenance so far is that it is defined. Jazz chief executive Justin Zanik captured much of the attention, his interview taking place yesterday and K.C. from NBC Sports Chicago. Johnson calling him a “finalist.” Another interesting little detail from this Yahoo report, however, is that the Jazz might want to keep Zanik. I’m sure most organizations would like to keep their CEO away, but that’s something to watch out for.
UPDATE: More information on this soon, but Dave Kaplan confirms and adds more:
Vincent is on the money here. I expect this agreement to be concluded soon. Several front office workers come below him. The coaching staff will be completely changed. https://t.co/Fyb6JaGeSj
– David Kaplan (@thekapman) April 8, 2020