According to an ESPN report, Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham is among the many candidates who will interview for the Chicago Bulls’ coaching job.
While the Milwaukee Bucks have bigger things on their mind at the moment, assistant coach Darvin Ham continues to be in demand for some of the most high-profile coaching jobs around the NBA.
First reported by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski Monday evening, Ham is among the many assistant coaches that are set to interview for the Chicago Bulls’ head coaching job.
In fact, Ham is among a few assistant coaches who are on staff with playoff teams right now down in Orlando that are in the mix for the Bulls’ position as Wojnarowski mentioned in his report:
“No permission was necessary for former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson to interview, but new executive VP of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas and GM Marc Eversley are talking to several assistant coaches still involved in the playoffs, including Milwaukee’s Darvin Ham, Denver’s Wes Unseld Jr., and Miami’s Dan Craig, sources said.”
This isn’t the first link between Ham and the Bulls as Wojnarowski originally reported that the long-standing assistant coach to Mike Budenholzer would be under consideration for the position after the Bulls fired Jim Boylen last month.
Now this latest report follows after Ham was linked to the Philadelphia 76ers’ head coaching position after they fired Brett Brown early last week.
Clearly, Ham is a hot commodity on the coaching market and given just how many coaching positions opened up over the last month specifically, there may be more opportunities for Ham to get an interview with other teams around the league.
While he’s surely shaping up to be the next coach to branch off of Budenholzer’s coaching tree that has sprouted the likes of Quin Snyder, Kenny Atkinson and Taylor Jenkins, being in the mix for such a high-profile position like the Bulls and the 76ers does have its perks and disadvantages.
In the case of the Bulls, coming into a more developmental situation may give Ham a stronger foundation to build a team in his vision, especially with a new front office in place down in Chicago between Arturas Karnisovas and general manager Marc Everseley.
Chicago doesn’t lack some interesting building blocks between Wendell Carter Jr., Lauri Markannen, Coby White and whoever they draft with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. And whether Zach LaVine factors into the Bulls’ long-term plans remains to be seen, but he at least is bonafide scorer and holds high aspirations for himself going into his age-25 season.
But we’re certainly getting ahead of ourselves at the moment. Regardless, we’ll continue to monitor Ham’s situation and whether he will garner more interviews for the number of available head coaching jobs around the league.