The Bulls and head coach Jim Boylen have agreed to a multi-year extension the team announced Friday afternoon.
"Jim has a strong vision on where he wants to take this team, and he has done a great job establishing the culture that we want this organization to stand for as we continue to progress," VP John Paxson said in a press release. "He has tremendous passion for developing young talent, is a strong communicator and a good fit for this team. The organization is confident in the direction that he is taking our players, and we are committed to him."
The news isn't all that surprising considering the vote of confidence Boylen received from Paxson at last month's end-of-the-year press conference.
Paxson repeatedly said how happy he was with the job Boylen did after taking over for Fred Hoiberg in early December. And when asked if an extension was on the table, Paxson responded that he, Michael Reinsdorf and Jerry Reinsdorf had had talks about it and that "I envision Jim being our coach here and us committing to him."
The Bulls showed gradual improvement under Boylen, going 4-3 in December after a turbulent first week. Injuries decimated the roster in Year 2 of the rebuild and the Bulls finished 28th in offensive efficiency and 27th in defensive efficiency after Boylen took over.
But management was clearly happy with how the young players improved their work and practice habits under Boylen.
Boylen said he plans to travel across the country - and in Lauri Markkanen's case, the world - to visit with players over the summer to improve their relationships. That teaching will be critical for a team entering Year 3 of its rebuild without much to show for it in the way of on-court improvement.
But one thing is clear: This is Jim Boylen's job going forward. The Bulls will succeed or fail with Boylen at the helm.