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Rumor: Former Pelicans GM Dell Demps being considered as Bulls new GM

Dell Demps

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps speaks during an NBA basketball news conference at the team’s practice facility in Metairie, La., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, regarding the team’s firing of head coach Monty Williams. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)


Arturas Karnisovas, the new head honcho for the Bulls, reportedly has lined up an impressive list of people to interview for the GM position in Chicago:

• Denver’s Calvin Booth
• Philadelphia’s Mark Eversley
• Dallas’ Michael Finley
• L.A. Clippers’ Mark Hughes
• Orlando’s Matt Lloyd
• Oklahoma City’s Nazr Mohammed

Now you can add former Pelicans GM Dell Demps to the mix, reports Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald.

Karnisovas is making a point to hire a black GM, not so coincidentally after a report came out that black executives were frustrated with the Bulls’ process to hire a new head of basketball operations. Troy Weaver of Oklahoma City turned down a being part of the second round of interviews for the job because he thought it was a token interview, reports Marc Spears of ESPN’s Undefeated.

Karnisovas has been focused on putting the front office together, as he should, but deciding about Jim Boylen and the coaching decision will be next. If the Bulls are going to make a change — as most around the league expect, even if Boylen does not — the timing is delicate. It would seem bad form to fire a coach during the coronavirus-forced suspension of play. Still, if the Bulls are going to make a change, they should do it sooner rather than later to allow Boylen and staff to find their next job in what will almost certainly be a condensed offseason.

The one thing that remains clear: Karnisovas is shaking up everything and changing the Bulls culture. Which it needed.