Scott Skiles agreed to a contract extension with the Bulls yesterday, one day after the coach said he had ended negotiations for a deal.

GM John Paxson would not disclose the terms of the contract, but said, "He's going to get paid well; it's in line with the top coaches."

Skiles, who told reporters it was a four-year deal, had ended negotiations for a contract extension a month after leading the team to its first playoff appearance in seven years. It was unclear as early as yesterday afternoon whether he would stay with the team.

Skiles said he called Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and they came to an understanding.

"We had a long talk, and you know I don't want to say 'cleared the air' because there wasn't like anything too serious that needed to be cleared, maybe just some small minor misunderstandings," Skiles said. "So in pretty short order we had a deal."

In the Bulls' second season under Skiles, they improved from 19-47 to 47-35 before losing to the Wizards in the first round of the playoffs.

* PERSON TO COACH: Chuck Person is moving from the Pacers' front office to the bench as an assistant to Coach Rick Carlisle.

Person, the NBA rookie of the year in 1987, has been a special assistant with the Pacers the past three years. He will fill the spot that opened when Mike Brown was hired last week as the coach of the Cavaliers.

-- From News Services