The Chicago Bulls and former Philadelphia 76ers assistant GM Marc Eversley have agreed to a deal to make him the new general manager of the team, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Eversley will join new VP of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas in an attempt to rebuild the front office for the Bulls, who recently let go of the braintrust that was GarPax (Gar Forman and John Paxson).
Karnisovas was officially hired two weeks ago as VP of basketball ops for the Bulls, who are heading in a new direction. The team has done a decent job drafting talent, but hasn’t done a very good job developing and progressing with said talent. That’s where Karnisovas and now Eversley come into play. J.J. Polk, who was hired as Asst. GM for the Bulls, will also aid in that mission.
Eversley, the first black GM in Bulls history, used to work for the Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. He also served as an executive with Nike. You can clearly see between Karnisovas and Eversley that the Bulls are going in a more diverse, culturally expansive front office. This could be in an attempt to connect more closely with both African American and European players. Eversley’s rise in the Raptors organization is impressive, starting in 2006 and finishing in 2013, his highest title being assistant GM.
K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago is also reporting that the Bulls aren’t done hiring staff. Former NBA center Nazr Mohammed was brought in for an interview for an unspecified role. Mohammed works for Oklahoma City Thunder GM Sam Presti right now. Mohammed would seemingly be another move to try and connect better with the players.