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.”
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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.
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Fred Katz: Brad Beal on if it’s easier to play without John Wall: “No it’s not. It’s a lot harder.” “Me playing well or not is not based off of John. It’s not. The fact of the matter is, we don’t have John, so what am I supposed to do?” Beal called it “nonesense” he’s better w/o Wall.
Tim Bontemps: Wilson Chandler says he’s good to go for tonight’s game against the Pacers. He was a game-time decision with an upper respiratory issue.