The Chicago Bulls announced today that the team has hired Brian Hagen to be the team’s Assistant General Manager.

“Brian is someone I have thought for quite a while is one of the best young scouts and executives in the league,” said Bulls General Manager Gar Forman.  ”We are extremely pleased that he has decided to join the Chicago Bulls organization.”

Hagen spent the previous nine seasons with the New Orleans Hornets in a number of capacities with their Basketball Operations staff, most recently serving as the team’s Director of Player Personnel.  In that role, he coordinated the team’s amateur and professional scouting operations and assisted in the evaluation of free agents and prospective trade acquisitions.

While with the Hornets, he also spent time as the team’s video coordinator, Director of Basketball Operations, Director of Scouting and Assistant to the General Manager.

Prior to joining New Orleans, he also was an Assistant Coach at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in 2002-03.

Hagen began his career at the collegiate level while at Iowa State as an Undergraduate Assistant (1996-2000).  A native of Joice, Iowa, he graduated from Iowa State in 2000 with a degree in Management Information Systems.