Jim Boylen Rumors
But contrary to viral speculation, Boylen did not have dinner with Butler at La Scarola, which would be a violation of tampering rules as Butler is still under contract to Philadelphia. According to a source, Boylen instead dined with new lead assistant Chris Fleming while the Golden State Warriors completed their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in the Western Conference Finals. Boylen and Butler crossed paths in the small restaurant as the coaches were were departing and Butler and his party were arriving. The men briefly exchanged pleasantries and went their separate ways. The grainy photo does depict the mutual respect between Butler and Boylen. But a preemptive strike in free agency, it does not.
The Bulls have made no secret about their desire to upgrade their assistant coaching staff, and Jim Boylen is on the verge of landing his top target. Chris Fleming, who has head coaching experience in Europe and worked on Kenny Atkinson’s Nets staff the last three seasons, has accepted an offer to be Boylen’s lead assistant coach, a source confirmed Wednesday.
Boylen is trying to add one more assistant, sources said. Pete Myers, Karen Stack-Umlauf and Nate Loenser are expected to remain on staff, though their responsibilities may change. Dean Cooper, whom Boylen brought in last season, isn’t expected to return.