The Chicago Bulls have a new general manager. Marc Eversley is set to be the franchise’s first Black GM in team history.
Eversley will be leaving his role as senior Vice President of player personnel with the Philadelphia 76ers. He agreed to a late Sunday night deal to join new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas as the new front office of the team, ESPN reports.
Eversley’s experience has led him through front office roles with the 76ers, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. He also spent over a decade with Nike.
Sixers assistant GM Marc Eversley has agreed to a deal to become the Chicago Bulls new general manager, league sources tell ESPN. Eversley will join EVP of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas to lead a reshaped front office.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 27, 2020
He will now join Karnisovas in reshaping a Bulls team that has fallen on hard times in recent years. The Bulls have not made the playoffs since trading Jimmy Butler in 2017, and have missed out in four of the past five seasons overall. While youngsters like Coby White, Lauri Markkanen and Zach LaVine have shown promise, none have separated themselves as potential franchise players. The Bulls of the past several seasons have lacked direction.
It will be up to Karnisovas and Eversley to find one, and that starts with making a decision on the future of coach Jim Boylen. Boylen, who has a 39-84 record in Chicago, is widely regarded as one of the NBA’s worst coaches, but has the support of the Reinsdorf family, owners of the team.
With the status of the 2019-20 season up in the air, it could be quite some time before the Bulls are able to make a decision and begin this new era, but after so many years of underperforming teams built by the “GarPax” tandem, the combination of Karnisovas and Eversley should at least provide some optimism to a Chicago fanbase that hasn’t had much of it in recent years.