Canadian Marc Eversley is now officially the general manager of the Chicago Bulls as first reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Eversley will also be the first black general manager in the franchise history.
Welcome our new General Manager, Marc Eversley!- Chicago Bulls (@chicagobulls) May 1, 2020
The Brampton, Ontario native comes to the Bulls after spending time in the front office with the Philadelphia 76ers, Washington Wizards and Toronto Raptors. He was most recently the senior vice president of player personnel for the 76ers.
Eversley will join the Bulls' new vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas as they try and rebuild the once-dominant franchise of the 90s.
Eversley will be the third Canadian born general manager in NBA history.
Vancouver-born Pete Newell became the first Canadian GM on June 18, 1968, for the San Diego Rockets. The franchise would later become the Houston Rockets in 1971.
Vancouver's Bob Houbregs served as the GM of the Seattle SuperSonics from November 18, 1969, to May 3, 1973. His highlight was signing Spencer Haywood as a free agent - who had just finished his sophomore season of college basketball. NBA rules at the time stated a player could not join the league until they were out of high school for four years. The NBA sued Seattle but the Supreme Court ruled in favour of the franchise. Haywood would join the team after the ruiling and go on to a Hall of Fame career.
Glen Grunwald who served as the Raptors' general manager for 1997 to 2004 became a Canadian citizen in 1999. In 2011 he became the GM of the New York Knicks. Grunwald now serves as the President and CEO of Canada Basketball.
Eversley and the rest of the front office will have their work cut out for them as the Bulls were likely headed for their third straight playoff-less season before the COVID-19 pandemic affected the year. Over the last three seasons, only the Suns and Knicks have a worse record than the Bulls.
Since winning a championship in 1998, Chicago has won just five playoff series in 22 years, making it the Conference Finals once in 2010-11.
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