HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors


May 19, 2015 Updates
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

KC Johnson: Lot of chatter at draft combine that Pelicans would be hesitant to offer compensation for Thibodeau. Gentry interview supports that mindset. Doesn't necessarily mean Pelicans would hire Gentry obviously just that sentiment exists they'd rather wait to see what Bulls do first. Twitter @KCJHoop

The New Orleans Pelicans have ‎been granted permission to interview Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry for their coaching vacancy, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Gentry has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the position alongside Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who is widely expected to part company with the Bulls this offseason. ESPN.com

Two NBA officials said they heard the Magic will be willing to pay Thibodeau anywhere from $7 million to $9 million annually. What’s more, they said Thibodeau will be accorded extensive input on basketball-oriented decisions. The 57-year-old Thibodeau, who has guided the Bulls to five straight playoff appearances, has two years left on his contract with the Bulls. But he reportedly has a strained relationship with management and their differences, some NBA officials insist, are irreconcilable. Racine Journal-Times

May 16, 2015 Updates

On the other side of this contractual and psychological tug of war are Bulls GM Gar Forman and VP John Paxson, who at this point will not fire Thibodeau and let him walk to another NBA city without compensation. In fact, multiple league sources told CBSSports.com Friday that the Bulls' front office isn't even compelled to engage in compensation talks with any teams that are interested in their coach until they have a commitment from a replacement who excites them. CBSSports.com

Front office sources believe that if Hoiberg could be had, the Bulls would jump at the opportunity to then leverage the other head coaching openings -- New Orleans, Denver and Orlando, at the moment -- to extract draft-pick compensation for Thibodeau. But one thing the Bulls won't do, according to league sources, is let Thibodeau out of his contract for compensation without knowing they have a replacement who excites them. "That ain't happening," one of the people said. CBSSports.com

Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry would be a top candidate to become the Chicago Bulls head coach if they part ways with Tom Thibodeau, according to multiple reports. "To be honest, I don't pay any attention to it," Gentry said before Game 6. "If that's going to be something that happened, it'll be there when it's available. As I've said to everyone, I've got a great job. It's not like I'm out looking. Obviously, I'd like to be a head coach again in the right situation." San Jose Mercury-News

The expectation throughout NBA circles is that the Bulls and their coach, Tom Thibodeau, are eager to part ways. NBA insiders also think the Magic would like to talk to Thibodeau about their coaching vacancy. Magic general manager Rob Hennigan is not commenting about his team's coaching search, but league sources said the Magic haven't reached out to potential candidates. Orlando Sentinel

May 15, 2015 Updates

The principals have pooh-poohed the alleged rift between Thibodeau and the front office, but every sentient human close to those principals chuckles at those public pronouncements. The rift is very real, and people close to Thibodeau have been assuming for months that his time in Chicago would end after this season. The Bulls will try to trade Thibodeau before firing him or negotiating a buyout for some of the $9 million left on the contract extension he weirdly left unsigned for months. Thibodeau isn’t going to quit with that much cash on the table. He can bide his time with two nice fallback options: returning for another slog with the Bulls or going home with his pockets full. Grantland

Sam Smith: Since Ron Adams was let go as an assistant, I know the Bulls have begged Thibodeau to add someone to run the offense, or at least be an offensive mind to work with. Thibodeau has declined. He likes to run the offense, too, and the issue to me has been less a predictable offense—how many NBA offenses are so creative? LeBron posting up? Harden dribbling all over?—than Thibodeau being so hands on and calling so many plays, which I’ve long felt inhibits the flow. I’ve always been one who’d rather see the players make more calls, push the ball in transition, swing the ball. That’s the reason for the droughts: Late shot clocks with deliberate play in too many play calls. It’s why the triangle is a good offense. It requires players to make more decisions. They should, and the good ones can. NBA.com

Orlando has a lot of young guys who should develop into plus defenders, but they don’t have a star, and their ugly parting with Stan Van Gundy — a close friend of Thibodeau’s — surely colors the way Thibodeau views the franchise. The Magic also just gave Rob Hennigan, their GM, a contract extension, and after his rocky relationship with Chicago’s front office, Thibodeau might crave a larger role in personnel decisions. He has the clout now to at least push for that kind of power in contract talks. Grantland

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