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Chicago announces hiring of Arturas Karnisovas, firing of Gar Forman, reassigning of John Paxson

The Chicago Bulls officially announced Arturas Karnisovas as their new Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations today:

Chicago also began the further shakeup of their front office by firing General Manager Gar Forman.

Forman had been with the Bulls for 22 years. Forman started with the team as a scout in 1998 and worked his way up to a special assistant role, then Director of Player Personnel before being named GM in late-May of 2009. It was rumored that Forman might be reassigned to a scouting role within the organization, prior to his departure being announced.

Former VP of Basketball Ops John Paxson was reassigned to the role of Senior Advisor of Basketball Operations. Paxson is expected to have no daily presence around the team.

Karnisovas has begun hiring his own front office staff, starting with adding J.J. Polk from the New Orleans Pelicans. Polk will be Chicago’s Assistant General Manager after holding the title of Executive Director of Basketball Administration for New Orleans. Polk is known around the league as a cap specialist.

Karnisovas is currently speaking with candidates to fill the open the General Manager role. It is rumored that the Bulls will look to fill that position with a person of color.