The Chicago Bulls signed head coach Billy Donovan to a contract extension earlier than the beginning of the season, league sources instructed The Athletic on Tuesday. Here’s what you’ll want to know:
- Donovan, who final season guided the Bulls to the playoffs for the primary time in 4 years, had two years remaining on his unique four-year contract and is now beneath contract for a number of extra years.
- The new deal was signed previous to the season, sources stated.
- The Bulls have an 86-88 document beneath Donovan.
Bulls government vp of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas employed Donovan in 2020 — after Karnisovas was lured to Chicago following a 22-win season and Donovan parted methods with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
In his first season with the Bulls in 2020-21, Donovan led Chicago to a nine-win enchancment. The group went 46-36 in Donovan’s second season, a 15-win bounce over his debut season. Chicago made the playoffs in 2021-22, snapping a four-year postseason drought.
The Bulls sat in first place within the Eastern Conference all through a lot of the primary half of final season, earlier than the group was derailed by Lonzo Ball’s knee damage. From opening night time by way of New Year’s Day, the Bulls ranked fifth in offense and tenth in protection. Last season finally ended with the Bulls capturing the sixth seed earlier than falling in a first-round sequence loss to Milwaukee in 5 video games.
The Bulls are off to a 9/11 begin to the season, having gained three of their final 4 video games towards top-ranked groups akin to Boston, Milwaukee and Utah.
Ball underwent a second surgical procedure on his ailing left knee in late September, and is believed to be making progress in his rehabilitation. Ball and the franchise have been hopeful of his return to motion sooner or later after the calendar flips to 2023, sources stated.
Donovan, 57, had a 243-157 document in his 5 seasons as Thunder head coach (2015-20), reaching the Western Conference finals in his first yr in Oklahoma City. Donovan was a two-time nationwide championship head coach on the University of Florida.
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