Basketball

Vinny Del Negro to coach Bulls: report

The Chicago Bulls didn't land Phoenix's erstwhile coach but have reportedly offered the job to the assistant general manager of the Suns, Vinny Del Negro.

The Chicago Bulls didn't land Phoenix's erstwhile coach but have reportedly offered the job to the assistant general manager of the Suns, Vinny Del Negro.

The Chicago Tribune reported Monday an offer has been made and accepted in principle, with salary details still being worked out.

Del Negro's hiring would represent the final and latest twist in Chicago's search for a new coach.

Del Negro, who has no head coaching experience, went to Phoenix to work as a commentator and was eventually hired as director of player personnel for the Suns in 2006. He became assistant GM the following year.

After a promising end to 2007, the Bulls fired Scott Skiles this past season after a disappointing start. Interim coach Jim Boylan was not retained at the end of the season, which saw Chicago win 16 fewer games than the previous campaign.

Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf wooed Mike D'Antoni last month after it was apparent he was parting ways with Phoenix, but D'Antoni ultimately agreed to coach the New York Knicks.

It then appeared that one-time Bulls coach Doug Collins who return to the city, nearly 20 years later. Collins, who works as a television broadcaster, decided to withdraw his candidacy after meeting with Reinsdorf and general manager John Paxson.

After a standout collegiate career with North Carolina State, Del Negro played 11 years in the NBA. He spent eight seasons with San Antonio and then moved on to Milwaukee, Phoenix and Golden State.

He would become the 17th coach in franchise history.