Bulls hiring former Nuggets executive Karnišovas to run Basketball Operations

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Chicago Bulls are finalizing an agreement to hire Artūras Karnišovas to run their Basketball Operations. He was previously the Denver Nuggets General Manager.

Karnišovas will be the Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. The sides are working on a multi-year agreement on Wednesday night.

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The 48-year-old Karnišovas will be replacing John Paxson, who had previously been in the role since 2003. He’ll now be responsible and tasked with hiring a new General Manager for the team.

Paxson is expected to remain with the team in an advisory role. Plus, General Manager Gar Forman has an uncertain future with the team now.

He will look to rebuild the front office in relation to his vision for the team. There will be a lot of front office transition following Karnišovas’ hire.

Karnišovas previously been with the Nuggets since July 2013 when he was named their Assistant General Manager. He has been working as the Nuggets GM since June 2017 when Tim Connelly spurred an opportunity with the Washington Wizards to become Denver’s President of Basketball Operations.

The Bulls have not been good in the last three seasons. In fact, they have not won more than 27 games in the last three seasons.

Their last winning season came in 2015-16 when the team went 42-40. However, their last playoff berth came after a 41-41 season in 2016-17.

Since the 2016-17 season, Chicago has gone 71-158. The Bulls still have 17 games left before the end of the season once the NBA returns following this coronavirus break.

Under the Nuggets, Karnišovas and Connelly have worked together to build a serious contender in the Western Conference. Also, under his leadership, the team has drafted Nikola Jokić, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and former center Jusuf Nurkić, who now plays for the Portland Trail Blazers.

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