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Sport Report: Bulls paying Billy Donovan $6 million-plus annual salary

03:25  25 september  2020
03:25  25 september  2020 Source:   nbcsports.com

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The Bulls are counting on Billy Donovan to give them a lift after the team missed the playoffs in 2019-20. "I'm excited to partner with Arturas as we work together on behalf of this historic franchise," he said. The Bulls came into the season with their sights set on a playoff spot.

Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder agreed to mutually part ways exactly two weeks ago. Now, he will head to Chicago to be the head coach of the Bulls while the Thunder search for their next coach.

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf just spent the NBA hiatus – at least if you looked beyond “The Last Dance” itself – getting dragged for not spending enough to give Michael Jordan another year of title contention in Chicago.

Billy Donovan holding the hands up © Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Paying to hire Billy Donovan is a way for Reinsdorf and the Bulls to repair their reputations.

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

I’d be surprised if all four years are fully guaranteed. Coaching contracts of this length usually contain a team option or two.

But that’s still a hefty salary. Especially in these times. Especially considering it was believed the Bulls would keep Jim Boylen for financial reasons.

Donovan left the Thunder despite them offering him a new contract. He likely knew he could get more elsewhere.

Credit Chicago for being the team to spend. The Bulls needed a solid coach after Boylen and Fred Hoiberg.

Donovan won’t solve all Chicago’s problems, but he should help on multiple fronts. This upgrade costs nothing but Reinsdorf’s money, which every Chicago fan is perfectly willing to spend.

Report: Bulls paying Billy Donovan $6 million-plus annual salary originally appeared on NBCSports.com

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