The Bulls are getting closer to hiring an assistant coach. It looks like the candidates are former Bucks and Suns head coach Terry Porter, along with former Bulls forward Adrian Griffin.
Griffin retired as a player a couple years ago and joined Scott Skiles’ coaching staff in Milwaukee. One issue the Bulls may be dealing with is whether or not the Bucks are willing to let Griffin leave.
Porter has been out of the league since being fired by Phoenix during the 2008-09 season and appears ready to get back into coaching.
Milwaukee assistant Kelvin Sampson, rumored to be a candidate, was never in the mix with the Bulls, according to multiple sources.
Another rumored Bulls’ target, former Kings and Warriors head coach Eric Musselman, has ties with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Musselman’s father, Bill, first brought Thibodeau to the NBA with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves.
But with the Bulls moving Pete Myers off the bench, this hire is clearly targeting a former NBA player and Musselman does not qualify.
The Bulls are also pondering whether to hire a big man coach. Sidney Green was brought in to fill that role a year ago and he’ll stay with the Bulls in some capacity. It’s possible Green will continue to work with the big men.
The Bulls will open training camp on Sept. 28, following media day the previous afternoon.