The Chicago Bulls continue to show an interest in members of the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office, past and present. The Bulls are continuing their search for a new general manager, and the latest report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is that their list of candidates includes Sixers senior vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley, who joined the Sixers when he was hired by Bryan Colangelo in 2016.
Sources: Arturas Karnisovas is planning to start discussing Chicago’s GM job with candidates soon, a pool that’s expected to include several assistant GM’s: Calvin Booth (Denver), Marc Eversley (Sixers), Mark Hughes (Clippers) and Matt Lloyd (Magic) — among others.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 10, 2020
This follows on from news that the Bulls interviewed former Sixers president Bryan Colangelo for a top basketball operations job. It’s baffling that an NBA team could have real interest in Colangelo after his failures, capped off by “Burnergate”, where Twitter accounts linked to Colangelo and his wife, Barbara Bottini, shared medical information and criticized players like Joel Embiid. As LB’s Sean Kennedy laid out so well here, there’s no way Colangelo’s actions should be normalized, and he shouldn’t be considered for high profile front office jobs over more deserving candidates around the league.
Well, since the Bulls’ reported interest in Colangelo, they went on to hire Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their new vice president of basketball operations to rebuild their front office. The Bulls have also hired New Orleans Pelicans executive J.J. Polk to be their assistant GM. The Bulls are completely overhauling their front office, and there are plenty of candidates being considered for the GM job.
Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reported a couple more.
OKC's Troy Weaver, Dallas' Michael Finley, Denver's Calvin Booth, OKC's Nazi Mohammed, and Orlando's Matt Lloyd are all in play for Bulls GM job, said a source. Booth might be the most ready - but hardest to get, while the source said Mohammed may end up being a gem.— Joe Cowley (@JCowleyHoops) April 10, 2020
It’s unclear why the Bulls are so interested in people who have worked in a Sixers’ front office that has had so many issues in recent years. But given how many candidates are being considered (including Nuggets scout and former assistant GM for the Phoenix Suns Pat Connelly, who is “in serious talks to join the Bulls’ front office”, per ESPN), there’s probably a solid chance Eversley stays put in Philly.