Chad Buchanan has worked closely and successfully with Kevin Pritchard on two NBA franchises, including their current situation with the Indiana Pacers. Pritchard currently serves as Pacer’s president of basketball operations, head of Buchanan.
In the end, the comfort level and the strong personal situation led Buchanan to stay in Indiana. Buchanan, one of Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf’s four initial interview goals for running basketball business in a new office front office, conveyed his desire to stay, according to a source. Athletic’s Shams Charania first reported news.
The Bulls remain hopeful of getting permission to interview Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, Raptors general manager Bobby Webster and Heat vice president of basketball operations / assistant general manager Adam Simon. Reinsdorf̵
CEO John Paxson, who largely initiated the need to modernize the front office, is expected to remain in an advisory role. However, Paxson has made it clear to the owner that he is willing to play as large or as small a role as the new head of the basketball business wishes.
The future of General Manager Gar Forman, who has largely been relocated to a scouting position, can be determined by the new hire.
As previously reported, Reinsdorf remains a fan of coach Jim Boylen. However, whoever the Bulls employ to run basketball will have full authority, including ultimately making decisions about the future of the coaching staff.
A rising force in the Bulls front office that is expected to be safe is Assistant General Manager Steve Weinman, a source said. He has made an impression not only internally, but among competing serial leaders for his sense of pay and knowledge of the collective agreement.
It is Reinsdorf’s goal to have the rent in place before a possible resumption of the 2019-20 season that has been canceled due to the COVID-19 virus. Most league observers believe that possible resumption is several weeks if not months away, and there is some planning for the potential loss of the season’s balance.
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