Bulls hire Billy Donovan as head coach

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Billy Donovan has agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Chicago Bulls, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

Bulls executive VP of Basketball Operations Arturas Karnisovas “aggressively pursued” Donovan after he decided to leave the Oklahoma City Thunder, Wojnarowski adds.

Karnisovas was able to sell Donovan on the vision for the future with a talented young roster centered around players like Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Wendell Carter Jr. and Coby White.

Donovan, 55, reached the playoffs in each of his five seasons with the Thunder, posting a record of 243-157.

“We are very pleased to welcome Billy and his family to the Chicago Bulls. The success that he has sustained over the course of his coaching career puts him on a different level,” Karnisovas said. “We feel his ability to help his players reach their potential, both individually and collectively, will mesh well with our roster. Whether as a player or as a coach, he has won everywhere his career has taken him, and we hope that will continue here in Chicago.”