Bulls tab Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas to lead basketball ops

The Chicago Bulls are finalizing a contract with Arturas Karnisovas to make him the team's executive vice president of basketball operations, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Nuggets also have one of the league's most highly touted global scouting departments, thanks in no small part to Karnisovas.

Karnisovas is in his third season as the general manager for the Denver Nuggets, and his seventh with the franchise overall.

Michael Reinsdorf, the son of owner Jerry Reinsdorf, spearheaded the hiring of Karnisovas, and the franchise asked for permission to interview Oklahoma City Thunder vice president of basketball operations Troy Weaver, an African American, but were denied by the Thunder, per Goodwill.

Reinsdorf completed an initial round of virtual meetings on Wednesday after an interview former Atlanta Hawks GM Wes Wilcox, sources said.

The 48-year-old Karnisovas impressed the Bulls with his diverse background in the game. He was instrumental in acquiring several key players for the organization in recent years, including Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr. and more.

Karnisovas had stops with the Houston Rockets' front office and league office and a decorated EuroLeague and Olympic-medal winning playing career.

Karnisovas will be tasked with reshaping the totality of an organization that has failed to reach the postseason the past two seasons, including hiring a new general manager and additional basketball operations and scouting positions, sources said. Previous executives John Paxson and Gar Forman could remain with the team in alternative roles.

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