The Chicago Bulls have begun a formal search process to hire a new top executive with full control of basketball decisions.

The Bulls plan to seek permission to interview Arturas Karnisovas of the Denver Nuggets and Bobby Webster of the Toronto Raptors among other candidates.

John Paxson is likely to continue with the Bulls in an advisory role. Gar Forman will have more conversations about his future at a later date.

Interviews will start next week and will be conducted electronically.