Who Is Marc Eversley? Chicago Bulls Set to Appoint First Black GM in Team's History After Poaching Sixers' Executive

Marc Eversley is reportedly set to become the new Chicago Bulls general manager, which would make him the first black GM in the franchise's history.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Philadelphia 76ers' current senior vice president of player personnel reached a deal late on Sunday to join the Bulls and work alongside Arturas Karnisovas, the franhcise's newly-appointed vice president of basketball operations.

After working at Nike for a decade, Eversley was given his first major break in the NBA by former Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo, who hired him to serve on his staff in 2006. A decade later, Colangelo and Eversley were reunited in Philadelphia when the latter, who in the meantime had served as the vice president of scouting for the Washington Wizards, was hired by the Sixers.

During his spell in Philadelphia, Eversley helped establish the Sixers into a bonafide playoff challenger. The Canadian was part of the front office that brought J.J. Redick, Jimmy Butler and Tobias Harris to Philadelphia.

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His appointment completes a drastic reshaping of the Bulls' front office. Over the last couple of months, Bulls president Michael Reinsdorf has overseen the departures of longtime executives Gar Forman and John Paxson, who will continue to collaborate with the franchise in a consulting role, and the hiring of Karnisovas from the Denver Nuggets.

The latter has since hired assistant general manager J.J. Polk and Pat Connelly, the Bulls' new vice president of player personnel.

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A former international scout for the Houston Rockets between 2008 and 2013, Karnisovas became the Nuggets' assistant general manager in 2013, before being promoted to general manager four years later. Denver finished with losing records during Karnisovas' first three years with the franchise, but steady improvements saw the Nuggets finish with the Western Conference's second-best record last season, as they reached the playoffs for the first time in six years.

Karnisovas drafted Nikola Jokic in 2014, Jamal Murray in 2017 and Michael Porter Jr. a year later and the trio have become cornerstones of the Nuggets' franchise.

"Arturas is one of the most respected basketball executives in the NBA. His resumé speaks for itself," Reinsdorf said in a statement confirming Karnisovas' appointment two weeks ago.

"As the new head of basketball operations, I am confident that his vision, ability to lead and experience helping build winning teams in Houston and Denver will serve him well here."

The front office overhaul comes as the Bulls look to turn their fortunes around. After missing the playoffs just once between 2005 and 2015, Chicago has failed to reach the postseason in three of the last four seasons and has won a paltry 49 games in the last two campaigns combined.

The Bulls were 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 22-43 record when the NBA season was suspended on March 11 after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to test positive for the novel coronavirus.

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A detailed view of the Chicago Bulls logo during a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and the Chicago Bulls at Fiserv Forum on January 20 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Stacy Revere/Getty
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