Report: Bulls eye Nuggets GM Karnisovas

The Chicago Bulls’ search for a new executive vice president of basketball operations is focusing in on Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Wednesday.

According to the report, Bulls chief operation officer Michael Reinsdorf finished the first round of virtual interviews on Wednesday, and conversations with Karnisovas are continuing.

Karnisovas, a 48-year-old from Lithuania, joined the Nuggets as assistant GM in 2013 and was promoted to GM in June 2017, then signed a contract extension in February 2019. He was considered the likely replacement for president of basketball operations Tim Connelly in Denver, if Connelly had left for the Washington Wizards when they courted him heavily last May.

Before going to Denver, Karnisovas spent five years each working for the NBA and then for the Houston Rockets as a scout. He also played professionally in Europe from 1987-2002, winning FIBA European Player of the Year honors in 1996 while with FC Barcelona.

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