The Chicago Bulls have agreed on a multi-year contract extension with coach Jim Boylen, league sources told ESPN. After replacing Fred Hoiberg in December, Boylen had agreed on a short contract that would take him through the end of the 2019-2020 season, but this new deal will replace it. Bulls ownership and management consider Boylen the teacher the franchise needs now with a young roster, and loved the way he’s been able to build relationships with players along with holding them accountable and coaching them hard.
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After Hoiberg’s firing in December, Boylen was promoted from associate head coach. From the beginning, the Bulls made it clear that they would likely not be conducting a coaching search in the offseason, electing to make Boylen coach instead of an interim. Boylen had a tumultuous beginning to his tenure as head coach but eventually started to show improvement as players began to respond to his hard-driving coaching style. Zach LaVine, who was skeptical of Boylen’s coaching-style early on, has since said that he has learned to trust the first-year coach. In March, LaVine went so far as to offer to pay an ejection fine for Boylen.
Asked about the future of coach Jim Boylen and a possible contract extension this offseason, Paxson responded, “It’s very possible. It’s very possible. In fact, I’ve spoken to both Jerry and Michael [Reinsdorf] about addressing that and I don’t know what the timing will be, but I envision Jim being our coach here and us committing to him, yes.’’
According to a source, the Bulls and Boylen have already been discussing a three-year contract extension to keep him in that head coaching chair, and now it’s just a matter of finishing up the details and deciding when to announce it.
In light of Hoiberg’s imminent hiring, some speculation immediately surfaced that the Bulls, who now will only owe Hoiberg roughly $1.5 million, may look to eat that money and Boylen’s remaining salary for next season and look for a new coach. But nothing has changed as far as management’s and ownership’s positive view of Boylen’s teaching habits in practice and holding players accountable, a source said.
The Bulls are scheduled to pay Hoiberg $5 million next season, but the contract has offset language that will lessen that amount depending on what Nebraska pays him. One source said negotiations centered on a seven-year deal worth $25 million to $28 million.
Eric Walden: Boylen, on his reworked deal: “The Bulls have been very gracious to me and very supportive. … They’re fair and honest and direct, and I respond to that well.” And on the struggles of his team: “I’ve been disappointed lately in our defense. That’s what’s gonna hold us through.”
The Chicago Bulls are guaranteeing only $1 million in salary for Jim Boylen’s contract for next season, leaving the franchise financial flexibility should it decide to make a coaching change in the offseason, league sources tell ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews.
In the revised deal, Boylen will make $1.6 million next season if the team keeps him as head coach, league sources said. He already was guaranteed nearly that $1 million in his previous contract as associate head coach.
Shams Charania: Sources: Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen has agreed to a new deal with the franchise, increasing the salary on the remaining two seasons of his contract (this year and 2019-20).
A team source told the Sun-Times on Saturday that Boylen has not only received a bump in pay since he took over from Fred Hoiberg on Dec. 3, but that bump includes him receiving “a contract beyond this year.’’ The source was asked if the contract went past next season, and did not comment, but it was later confirmed that it was just through 2019-20 for now.
When he was first named head coach, Boylen was working on his associate head coaching deal, which paid him just over $800,000 the rest of this season and through next season. The Sun-Times reported that Boylen was betting on himself to earn that increase, at least for 2019-20.
Now that Boylen has been bumped, any notion that they have plans to move on from him leading into the 2019-20 campaign is all but flat-lined. Board chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has never been a fan of handing out dead money to former coaches, let alone pay for two coaches through 2020, as well as taking on the salary of a new hire if they did remove Boylen at the end of the regular season.
KC Johnson: Jabari Parker on the coaching change: “I can’t choose sides. Me choosing sides and saying who has strengths and weaknesses is bad on my end. I just have to do my job.”
On an afternoon in late September, the Chicago Bulls head coach was fulfilling his media obligations prior to a preseason practice. As Hoiberg answered questions about his team, his lead assistant, Jim Boylen, called the players into a huddle at the other end of the gym — beginning practice without Hoiberg. Once Hoiberg noticed, he mumbled a goodbye and rushed over to join the rest of the team. Fast forward two months and Boylen — the Bulls’ new head coach after Chicago fired Hoiberg on Monday morning — will now be running practices on a full-time basis.
Bulls management called Boylen on Sunday night to inform him of the coaching change. Hoiberg arrived at the Bulls’ training facility on Monday morning prepared to lead the team’s practice. Instead, Hoiberg was informed of his dismissal — something management wanted to do face to face — and Boylen called the team into a huddle.
KC Johnson: FWIW, was told reason Bulls waited to tell Hoiberg today is because of a “human element” and they wanted to tell him in person, face-to-face. Boylen told us he got call about job last night. As previously reported, Hoiberg arrived today prepared to run practice.
Joe Cowley: Paxson says they love Jim Boylen’s passion, and he’s “a teacher of the game.”
The Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Fred Hoiberg after a 5-19 start to the season. Associated head coach Jim Boylen has been promoted to head coach.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Associate head coach Jim Boylen will take over as the permanent head coach of the Bulls to replace Fred Hoiberg, no interim title, league source tells ESPN.
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June 16, 2019 | 2:50 pm EDT Update
Tania Ganguli: For those asking about @Adrian Wojnarowski and @Bobby Marks’s report, I did hear yesterday that the trade was expected to be completed as soon as the moratorium ends, but there was some uncertainty about whether that would ultimately change. Seems there still is.
Albert Nahmad: Timing of Anthony Davis trade doesn’t need to be decided now… Lakers could enter Moratorium on 7/1, negotiate with free agents, determine how much cap room they need, then sweeten trade to push it back from 7/6 (tho everyday after 7/1 would delay the wait-version of the trade).
The Boston Celtics were serious about trading for Davis, as well. They were willing to discuss young, talented players such as Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart, according to sources close to the negotiations. But the Celtics were never going to give up as much as the Lakers.
Calling those discussions in February “negotiations” is a bit of a stretch. The Pelicans were never serious about dealing with the Lakers then. They didn’t like being forced into this position by Davis and his representative, Rich Paul. And they probably weren’t going to let former general manager Dell Demps make this big of a decision anyway. So the Lakers — really just Johnson, because Demps wouldn’t talk to Pelinka — would call and Demps would write names on the board without giving them any feedback. Those names would leak publicly and do damage to the Lakers’ team chemistry.
When everyone came up for air and surveyed the damage, both sides realized there was still a hell of a deal to make if they could get over themselves. Said one source close to the negotiations, “The biggest difference this time was David Griffin [the new Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations]. He wasn’t involved before. He could negotiate frankly and fairly.”
NBA star Caron Butler was honored in his hometown of Racine on Saturday, June 15. The Racine City Council named a road after the former Milwaukee Bucks player: Caron Butler Drive. The road is the home of Dr. John Bryant Community Center, where Butler first picked up a basketball.