Assistants Cheeks, Longstaff to join Donovan with Bulls

Bill Donovan, left, and Maurice Cheeks are reuniting with the Bulls.

The Chicago Bulls are adding Maurice Cheeks to as an assistant to Billy Donovan‘s coaching staff, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Along with Cheeks, the Bulls are hiring Milwaukee Bucks assistant Josh Longstaff, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“Longstaff comes with a great reputation as having that players-first mentality that Donovan and executive vice president of basketball operations Arturas Karnisovas have been preaching, but it’s Cheeks that is the big prize,” wrote Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Cheeks spent five seasons next to Donovan with the Thunder, so the move certainly makes sense. Cheeks is a Chicago native and has also served as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, Philadelphia 76ers and Detroit Pistons.

Longstaff previously worked as the head coach of the G League’s Erie BayHawks, and has spent time as an assistant with the Thunder and New York Knicks. He worked next to Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer for the past two seasons.

The Bulls announced last month that they were parting ways with assistants  Roy RogersDean CooperNate Loenser and Karen Stack Umlauf. It is believed holdover assistant Chris Fleming will be retained.

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