Friday morning, the Bulls officially announced the hiring of Marc Eversley as general manager.
Eversley marks new executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas' third major front office hire since assuming his position in April. Eversley joins assistant GM and salary cap expert J.J. Polk and vice president of player personnel Pat Connelly in a fast-changing front office.
"My hiring process was extensive and diverse. I went through a series of interviews with the candidates that were on my list," Karnisovas said in an introductory conference call for Eversley on Friday. "Besides knowing Marc for years, I know he has a respect from his peers, and he worked extremely hard to get where he's at today. He has tremendous of work ethic, and the combination of his eye for talent and ability to connect with players and coaches made him a primary candidate for us."
Before coming to Chicago, Eversley spent four seasons in various leadership roles for the 76ers (most recently Senior Vice President), three seasons as vice president of player personnel with the Wizards, seven seasons as an assistant general manager with the Raptors and five years at Nike's world headquarters as an NBA Player Relationship Manager after working his way up from retail store manager. Eversley noted that his years at Nike, specifically, trained him in the art and importance of relationship building.
Karnisovas and Everlsey expect that experience to serve him well as a key thinker in the Bulls' inclusive, new-look front office.
"In the teams that I've been with prior, we've always fostered healthy debate and communication," Eversley said. "After talking to Arturas, that's something he welcomes. As long as you do it in a respectful way, you can do great things."
A release from the Bulls credits Eversley as having had a hand in the 76ers drafting Ben Simmons and acquiring J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris, and the Raptors drafting DeMar DeRozan. In Philadelphia, Eversley oversaw player personnel, talent evaluation and scouting (both collegiate and international) while moving his way up from vice president of player personnel to senior VP.
On his preferred style of play, Eversley hit on many similar notes to Karnisovas, which are friendly to the modern game.
"I like teams that play fast. I like teams that share the ball. I put a heavy emphasis on basketball IQ. Simply put, we want players who play the right way, play for each other. We want winners on the court at all times," Eversley said. "Then defensively, I like players who are versatile. I like players who can switch multiple positions. I believe in rim protections. I think you have to protect your rim and that's not necessarily blocking shots. I believe in good, positional sound defense. We want kids who are going to play hard and compete. I think there's an element of toughness that I would love to see us really focus in on as we build out this roster."
As Eversley noted, flipping the Bulls' fortunes on their head will not be an overnight overdeal. But he struck the proper chord in elucidating his process. His goal is singular and sound.
"Everything starts and ends with winning. We need to focus our culture and mindset to be about excellence day in and day out," Eversley said.
"For Bulls fans, hear me when I say it: Our ultimate goal is to bring an NBA Championship back to the city of Chicago.''
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