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May 21, 2015 Updates

ESPN.com reported last week after the Bulls' second-round elimination against Cleveland that there is mutual interest between Thibodeau and the Pelicans in discussing the job that was vacated when Monty Williams was fired earlier this month. Thibodeau, though, is under contract with the Bulls for the next two years at nearly $9 million. Although it widely believed throughout the league that both sides are eager to part company after five successful but rocky years together, the Bulls and Thibodeau are still operating as though he is Chicago's coach. ESPN.com

Kupchak went on Fox Sports Radio with host Bill Reiter (audio here) and addressed the rumors: I saw something about that this morning, and my first thought was, ‘Let me call [Lakers coach] Byron [Scott] and let him know that the agents are doing their job, and pay no attention.’ Not that I think Byron reads any of that stuff, but someone may call him and say ‘Hey, guess what I just read?’ Nothing to it. We’re incredibly happy with Byron. That’s what representatives and agents do. They try to create a marketplace for their guy, and I’m not saying that’s exactly what happened here, but we’re very, very happy with Byron, and after I hang up with you I’m going to call him or text him. NBCSports.com

It's been five days since the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs, and there has been no movement in their head coaching standoff with Tom Thibodeau. The Chicago front office has yet to formally contact its top target, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, and no NBA team has requested permission to speak with Thibodeau, a league source told CBSSports.com Wednesday. As we've discussed, this isn't going to be quick or easy. CBSSports.com

Finding Thibodeau a job falls under the purview of his representatives at Creative Artists Agency, but the Bulls also have a vested interest. As time goes by and openings in New Orleans and Orlando get filled (Denver, sources say, is not an option for Thibodeau), the Bulls get closer to choosing between two unappealing options: 1) Keeping Thibodeau, who has two years and about $9 million left on his contract; or 2) Firing him and paying two coaches. Sure, the tidiness of a deal including draft-pick compensation would be nice, but the Bulls have more tangible motivation for finding a mutually beneficial resolution. Most head coaching contracts, including those negotiated for past Bulls head coaches, have an offset clause usually amounting to a dollar-for-dollar discount on the money owed based on the coach's salary with his new team. So if Thibodeau were able to get a job at his current salary or more, the Bulls wouldn't owe him anything. Not even a going-away party. CBSSports.com

May 20, 2015 Updates

It's been five days since the Bulls were eliminated from the playoffs, and there has been no movement in their head coaching standoff with Tom Thibodeau. The Chicago front office has yet to formally contact its top target, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, and no NBA team has requested permission to speak with Thibodeau, a league source told CBSSports.com Wednesday. CBSSports.com

Finding Thibodeau a job falls under the purview of his representatives at Creative Artists Agency, but the Bulls also have a vested interest. As time goes by and openings in New Orleans and Orlando get filled (Denver, sources say, is not an option for Thibodeau), the Bulls get closer to choosing between two unappealing options: 1) Keeping Thibodeau, who has two years and about $9 million left on his contract; or 2) Firing him and paying two coaches. CBSSports.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

Rose was never asked directly why he disappeared when his team needed him most, but sources tell 670 The Score that a common NBA problem affected the Bulls at the worst possible time – two alpha dogs and only one basketball. It looked strange when wing Jimmy Butler kept flashing to Rose’s side of the floor, calling for the ball, as the Bulls’ offense was drying up. Rose was all too happy to oblige instead of waving Butler off and taking charge, either resetting the called play or taking his man – often the undrafted Matthew Dellavedova – hard to the rim for at least a likely foul. CBS Chicago

Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer. Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer. Butler’s emergence was validated by the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award, and he’s now feeling every bit the star, with all that entails. CBS Chicago

May 18, 2015 Updates

New Orleans has an interest in Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but that intrigue belongs more with Loomis than Demps, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Thibodeau is waiting for the Bulls to initiate conversations about his future with the franchise, sources said. He has two years left on his contract. Loomis is an executive with the New Orleans Saints, and Thibodeau's tough-minded approach has an especially strong appeal to that part of the organization. Nevertheless, it is believed Demps is less inclined to want a strong-willed coach in the job, especially after so many internal battles with Williams. Demps was the driving force in pushing out Williams as coach, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

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