Newly hired Chicago Bulls executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas mostly had a good offseason, but not the entire way.
With just a few days remaining before the start of the regular season for the Chicago Bulls, we can now look back on the entirety of the 2020 offseason to see how things will shake out in the fourth year of the rebuild. A number of important changes made within the Bulls organization transpired to shift the direction of this rebuild heading into its fourth year.
Change began back in spring when management/ownership demoted the now former vice president of basketball operations John Paxson in favor of Arturas Karnisovas. Now Karnisovas will be the executive vice president of basketball operations, as the lead voice in the front office.
Then Karnisovas hired Marc Eversley to replace Gar Forman as the Bulls general manager. Those two made a key hire to replace now former Bulls head coach Jim Boylen with the former Oklahoma City Thunder bench boss Billy Donovan.
All of these changes that were made during the offseason were done in hope to lead to some immediate results for the 2020-21 regular season. The Bulls did look better during their four game preseason slate that just wrapped up on Dec. 18. They finished up with a preseason record of 3-1, with two wins over the Thunder and one over the Houston Rockets.
The Bulls 2020-21 regular season slate tips off on Dec. 23 at home at the United Center against the Atlanta Hawks. They will be hoping to improve off their 2019-20 campaign, where they finished up with a record of 22-43, good for 11th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
What concerns could be ahead for the Bulls this season? We address part of that question in looking back on three potential mistakes made by the Bulls from the offseason.