Beyond the obvious front office candidates mentioned during this search for the Chicago Bulls, which names could they look into?
If the Chicago Bulls are going to make a big splash hire to bolster their front office in the midst of the search for a more “powerful voice”, that shouldn’t be a move that is argued with. But there’s no guarantee that the Bulls are going to get one of the top candidates that they’re going after right now.
The Bulls fan base has to be fed up with the direction this rebuild is headed in its third year, under the direction of vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman. Head coach Jim Boylen also didn’t get this Bulls team very far over the course of the last year and a half.
The Indiana Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan was one of the Bulls top candidates to try and interview out of the gates in this search. Buchanan reportedly (Shams Charania of The Athletic on Twitter) turned down the opportunity to interview for this Bulls front office position.
According to a report from K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, the Bulls do plan on interviewing Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas and Utah Jazz general manager Justin Zanik. Those have to be the two names the Bulls are focusing on right now. That report from Johnson also mentioned that Miami Heat assistant general manager Adam Simon and Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster are also “less likely” to interview with the Bulls.
Since the Bulls are already having to dig deeper to find this new powerful voice in the front office, they should start to have some other backup plans in place. But where do they look from here on out?
Here’s a look into five solid under-the-radar front office candidates for the Chicago Bulls to consider if they have to search beyond their top initial options.