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Report: Jim Boylen agrees to new deal with Bulls

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Report: Jim Boylen agrees to new deal with Bulls

On Saturday afternoon, reports stated that the Bulls had agreed to a new deal with head coach Jim Boylen.


Boylen was being paid over $800,000 for the rest of this season and through next season. And his pay raise will likely get him closer to a salary more in line with the rest of the league’s head coaches.

Any thought that Boylen would be replaced ahead of the 2019-20 season can be put to rest for now, as the Bulls are extremely unlikely to make any changes at the head coaching position with this gesture. Plus,  Fred Hoiberg still being paid $5 million this year and another $5 million next season.

Boylen is 5-13 through his first 18 games heading into Saturday night’s matchup with the Utah Jazz. The defense has been better than before Boylen took over, though the offense has taken big steps backwards.

Boylen and the Bulls are still getting used to each other’s styles, so much more time will need to pass before we can give Boylen a truly fair evaluation. Games like Friday’s massive loss to the Warriors are not encouraging but a full season and training camp with Boylen as head coach is the best way to see what he is really made of.

All of this is to say, Boylen getting a fair pay raise and more of an opportunity to show his coaching skills is not shocking. But it is still great that the Bulls did the right thing in this case.

It will be interesting to see how the Boylen-era continues on now that he has an even bigger vote of confidence from the front office, ahead of one of the more important Bulls’ draft decisions in recent memory.

Bulls Talk Podcast: Remembering Jordan’s return in 1995; NCAA Tourney bracket advice

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Remembering Jordan’s return in 1995; NCAA Tourney bracket advice

On this edition of this Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Will Perdue remember Michael Jordan’s comeback game in 1995, and get you ready for the NCAA Tournament

0:45       On difficulty playing the last month of the season after being eliminated from playoff contention

3:50       On Kris Dunn and his struggle playing consistently

5:45       Why Markkanen is slumping in March

7:50       On Jordan’s comeback in 1995 and his first game back, against the Pacers

14:35    On why Jordan eventually switched back to #23 after wearing #45

16:30    Perdue on getting traded for Dennis Rodman

17:45    Our NCAA Tourney preview including likely upsets and bracket advice

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: GIF night in Phoenix plus the greatest fax in history

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: GIF night in Phoenix plus the greatest fax in history

On this edition of Bulls Outsiders, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the Bulls 116-101 win over the Suns.

1:00       Conflicted feelings over Bulls beating the Suns

3:20       Shaq Harrison with the revenge game

4:30       Boylen upsetting opposing coaches with his timeouts

10:35    Viewer question on which team has the brighter future?

13:45    A great GIF night in Phoenix with Felicio and Lauri reactions

15:30    Shout-out from J.B. Long and Stacey King

17:30    Anniversary of Jordan’s “I’m Back” fax

21:40    Viewer comment on RoLo

24:15    Is there a 2nd greatest fax in history?

25:00    John is happy because Dirk passed Wilt on the all-time scoring list

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