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Former Blazers Forward Ime Udoka Emerges as Bulls Coaching Target

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According to Chicago Sun Time writer Joe Cowley, former Trail Blazers forward Ime Udoka is one of two candidates for the Bulls head coaching position if Jim Boylen is dismissed.

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The Chicago Bulls will not travel to Florida for the NBA’s restart, but that doesn’t mean that the organization won’t be busy in the coming weeks. Current head coach Jim Boylen could be on his way out after amassing a .317 winning percentage through 123 games as the Bulls’ frontman.

According to Chicago Sun Times reporter Joe Cowley, Portland native Ime Udoka has emerged as a potential candidate to fill Boylen’s position.

Sources have told the Sun-Times that 76ers assistant Ime Udoka is the front-runner to become the Bulls’ new coach, with Raptors assistant — and former Bulls assistant — Adrian Griffin also in the picture.

Udoka, who served on the Spurs coaching staff from 2012 to 2019, is currently on Brett Brown’s bench with the Sixers.

After going undrafted out of Portland State and bouncing around professional basketball, Udoka had a breakthrough year with the Trail Blazers in the 2006-07 season. He appeared in 75 contests and averaged a career-high 8.4 points per game. Following his departure from Portland the following summer, Udoka went on to play in San Antonio for three season prior to joining coach Gregg Popovich’s staff.