The Fred Hoiberg era is over.
The Bulls announced Monday morning that Hoiberg, who was hired in 2015, has been relieved of his duties. Associate head coach Jim Boylen will take over for Hoiberg.
"Decisions like this one are never easy to make," VP of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in a press release. "However I felt this was the right choice for our organization at this time. After a thorough evaluation, I elected to make this move with the overall development of our team in mind. As a team, I believe it is imperative that we make unfaltering strides in the right direction and build the right habits to help put our players in the best position to evolve not only now, but into the future. I want to thank Fred for his dedication and efforts, as well as for his enduring commitment to our team.”
Boylen will take over in an official capacity, not an interim role, according to the press release.
Boylen was most recently an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs before Hoiberg made him one of his first hires after being named head coach.
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