The Chicago Bulls added Hall of Famer Maurice Cheeks and four other assistants to head coach Billy Donovan’s staff on Saturday.
Cheeks, 64, played 15 seasons as an NBA point guard with five teams from 1978-93.
He spent nine of the past 10 seasons as an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder, including the past five seasons under Donovan. Cheeks has been a head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers (2001-05), Philadelphia 76ers (2005-08) and Detroit Pistons (2013-14).
The Bulls also hired Josh Longstaff, John Bryant, Damian Cotter and Billy Schmidt as assistants. Henry Domercant, Ronnie Burrell, Ty Abbott and Max Rothschild were added as player development coordinators.
It is a homecoming for Cheeks, who attended high school in Chicago before heading off to West Texas A&M. A second-round draft pick in 1978, he played his first 11 NBA seasons with the 76ers and made four All-Star teams and helped Philadelphia win the 1982-83 NBA championship.
Cheeks played in 1,101 games with the Sixers (1978-89), San Antonio Spurs (1989-90), New York Knicks (1990-91), Atlanta Hawks (1991-92) and New Jersey Nets (1992-93). He averaged 11.1 points per game with 6.7 assists and made the All-Defensive Team five times. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018.
In Cheeks’ nine seasons as a head coach, his teams were 305-315. His Trail Blazers made the playoffs twice, while he made the playoffs once as the Sixers head coach. His tenure with the Pistons lasted 50 games.
Donovan was hired in September to replace Jim Boylen, who was fired in August after the Bulls finished 22-43.