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Report: Pacers GM Buchanan says no to Bulls' pitch

Field Level Media
05 Apr 2020, 12:40 GMT+10

Indiana Pacers general manager Chad Buchanan has turned down overtures from the Chicago Bulls, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Saturday night.

Buchanan was in the mix to become the leading basketball operations person with the Bulls but declined the interview request and is remaining with the Pacers, according to the report.

Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, Toronto Raptors general manager Bobby Webster and Miami Heat vice president of basketball operations Adam Simon remain in the mix, according to multiple reports.

As for the Bulls, executive vice president of basketball operations John Paxson and general manager Gar Forman could remain in place, depending on who is hired.

Paxson was named general manager of the Bulls in 2003 and moved to a vice president's role in 2009 when Forman was hired.

There have been numerous clashes between coach Jim Boylen and players over his approach, and the Bulls have missed the playoffs in three of the past four seasons. With the current season on hiatus, Chicago is eight games behind the Orlando Magic for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

The Bulls, currently in 11th place in the conference standings, tied their 2018-19 win total of 22. They are 22-43.

The Chicago Tribune reported a new management structure would not include any order to retain Boylen, to whom Paxson and Forman have been committed, as head coach.

Boylen is 39-84 since replacing Fred Hoiberg in December of 2018.

--Field Level Media

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