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Hoiberg’s job safe heading into the offseason

Apr 2, 2017; New Orleans, LA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg speaks to an official against the New Orleans Pelicans during the first half at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Despite chants of “fire Hoiberg” raining down from the rafters at the United Center during the Chicago Bulls’ season ending loss to the Boston Celtics in game six of the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs, Fred Hoiberg‘s job is safe in the Windy City.

Bulls general manager Gar Forman and vice president of basketball operations John Paxson confirmed as much during a season-ending press conference on Wednesday.

The Bulls went 41-41 in Hoiberg’s second season at the helm while earning the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Chicago won the first two games of the first round series against Boston before losing four straight after point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a wrist injury that held him out after game two.

The Bulls struggled to find an identity all season with an oddly constructed roster led by Jimmy Butler, Dwayne Wade and Rondo. Now, the priority for Forman and Paxson will be to reshape that roster into something capable of competing in the Eastern Conference moving forward.

Butler, a three-time All-Star, is entering the third season of a five-year contract extension he signed before the 2015-16 season. He has a player option for the 2019-2020 season, which he will most likely decline making him a free agent in the summer of 2019.

Forman and Paxson also confirmed they are likely to bring back Rondo despite his struggles to solidify a role on the team for most of the season. Wade said last week he will likely pick up his player option for next season and return to the team.

The Bulls are also expected to bring back Nikola Mirotic, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Needless to say, a number of questions surround the Bulls’ roster, but at least Hoiberg knows for sure his job is safe entering the offseason.

Jared Stansbury

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Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.