Saturday , May , 24 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Avery Johnson Interested Again Now that Bulls Have Top Pick

The Bulls’ No. 1 pick might have an impact on the roster and on general manager John Paxson’s coaching search as well.

Avery Johnson, the former Mavericks coach, is back in the Bulls’ mix after showing little interest in rescheduling a May 7 interview Paxson canceled for personal reasons.

Johnson, owed $12 million by the Mavericks, has hinted at taking a year off. But a source close to Johnson said the Bulls’ job is the only one he would consider, particularly now that the franchise owns the top pick in the June 26 NBA draft. [Chicago Tribune]