Fred Hoiberg Rumors
Hoiberg, who accepted a seven-year, $25 million deal March 31, insisted it didn’t feel strange to stop by the combine. He even said he has had sporadic contact with Bulls executive vice president John Paxson, who fired him as coach Dec. 1. In fact, the two were seen chatting at the combine Thursday.
“I’ve talked to John a few times. I’m very thankful for the opportunity I got in Chicago,” Hoiberg said. “I learned a lot there and am a better coach because of that experience. I’m doing everything I can to make the most of my new opportunity. I’m excited about it. And that’s all I’m looking forward to.”
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.
Chris Basnett: Hoiberg says he’s spent a lot of time with Isaiah Roby. Put him through workouts that will prepare him for what he’ll see when he works out for NBA teams. “He’s going to get a lot of opportunity… And if he decides he wants to come back, we’ll be more than happy to have him”
Hoiberg has already called Roby, who said he likes the hiring of Hoiberg as Tim Miles’ replacement. “I mean, obviously he’s got a lot of success in college and he’s coached in the NBA, played in the NBA, he was an executive in the NBA, so yeah I think that’s the type of person that can really turn this program in the right direction,” Roby said.