Arturas Karnisovas wasting no time putting together Chicago front office staff

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Officially, Arturas Karnisovas has yet to be announced and introduced as the new head of basketball operations in Chicago.

Behind the scenes, he is busy putting together what looks to be an impressive staff.

Karnisovas has brought JJ Polk from the Pelicans, a well-respected cap guy, to be an assistant general manager, a story broken by Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Another possible assistant GM — a player/personnel specialist — looks like he could jump from Phoenix to Chicago in the form of Pat Connelly.

Those are the assistants, now Karnisovas has turned his attention to finding his general manager, and he has a list of names according to Wojnarowski, K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, and Joe Crowly of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Nazi Mohammed played for the Bulls, while Matt Lloyd worked in the Chicago front office in the past, giving both ties to the organization.

The main takeaway for Bulls fans?

This isn’t a tweak, this is a complete and radical overhaul of the front office and organization, which is exactly what Chicago needs. Gar Forman might want to polish his resume, and whatever role John Paxson ends up with apparently will have much less influence than before. Again, all good things. The Reinsdorfs are loyal to their people, a noble quality but if not carefully managed can lead to things getting stale. That is what happened in Chicago. Karnisovas has come in and — before even formally being announced in the job — has shaken things up.

What does all this mean for coach Jim Boylen? No decision has been made, nor should it have been. The front office should be assembled before picking a coach who can execute the new vision, whether that ends up being Boylen or someone else. He wants the chance to make his case, and that would only be fair. But there is a lot of buzz around the league about who is going to get that job next.