CHICAGO (AP) -Vinny Del Negro has been offered the Chicago Bulls head coaching job, according to a person within the league who is familiar with the situation.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because an announcement had not been made Monday.
An official announcement, which could come this week, would end a nearly two-month search that included courtships of Mike D'Antoni and Doug Collins.
Del Negro, the assistant general manager of the Phoenix Suns who has never been a head coach, would take over a team that went from 49 wins to 49 losses this past season and missed the playoffs after making the second round in 2007.
The Bulls have the first pick in the draft later this month.
A sluggish start cost coach Scott Skiles his job in December, and interim coach Jim Boylan was fired April 17.
The 41-year-old Del Negro was drafted into the NBA in 1988 and finished with two games during the 2001-02 season.
Messages left for Del Negro and Bulls GM John Paxson were not immediately returned.
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