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May 15, 2015 Updates

Yet there's little mystery surrounding what both sides want. The story is the same no matter who you check with: Thibodeau and his front-office superiors John Paxson and Gar Forman, despite their public pronouncements to the contrary, are utterly done with each other. As one source close to the situation puts it: "Thibs is gone. They know it and he knows it." ESPN.com

A largely insignificant second half expedited myriad questions facing the Bulls this offseason. The most pressing, and the one that could alter the course of the franchise, concerned Thibodeau's future in Chicago. Tension boiled all season between the gruff fifth-year coach and management over various players' minutes. There were other sticking points, but that's been an issue throughout his tenure because of the way in which injuries defined the Bulls' last few seasons. "Until they tell me I'm not, I expect to be here," he said. "That's the way I'm approaching it." USA Today Sports

The unusual part of the Thibodeau-Bulls power struggle is that he hasn’t lost the locker room at all, despite his notoriously hard-driving style. On the contrary, players overwhelmingly voiced their support for the coach in the locker room. “If it was up to me, he’d be back,” said Derrick Rose. Added Joakim Noah: “I think Thibs is a hard worker who always had us prepared.” Said Taj Gibson: “If you want to be coached and pushed, Thibs is the coach for you. If you don’t want to get better, this isn’t the team for you.” NBCSports.com

Luring Hoiberg out of his beloved Ames, Iowa, and the tremendous comfort zone he has in the college game doesn't figure to be so simple. Especially not after Hoiberg so recently found himself hospitalized to undergo his second major heart procedure in the span of a decade. But the Bulls are said to like their chances, presumably thanks to the fact that Hoiberg and Forman -- in stark contrast to Thibodeau's relationship with management -- are said to be good pals. Friends to the point that, as legend has it, Forman bought Hoiberg's old house in Chicago. ESPN.com

It should be noted that an alternative scenario making the rounds holds that the Bulls, if they can't get Hoiberg, will strongly consider promoting longtime Thibs aide Adrian Griffin, who is often touted as future head-coaching material and who, given the chance, just might be able to preserve the best of Thibs' principles with a good bit less friction between the coach and the folks upstairs. ESPN.com

May 14, 2015 Updates

League sources confirmed on Wednesday that the Pelicans are waiting to see if the Chicago Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau are going to part ways. If Thibodeau is let go by the Bulls, he could possibly emerge as a candidate for the Pelicans' job. New Orleans Times-Picayune

The NBA retroactively assessed a technical foul to Cavaliers guard Matthew Dellavedova for his role in the altercation Tuesday that led to Taj Gibson's ejection with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in Game 5. Gibson's flagrant-2 foul didn't get downgraded, which means he has three points for two flagrant fouls during the postseason. Another flagrant would trigger an automatic suspension — one game for a flagrant-1 and two for a flagrant-2. "Still don't understand it," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Gibson's ejection. "It was a nothing play." Chicago Tribune

May 13, 2015 Updates

The Gibson-Dellevedova incident led to the two teams pushing and shoving, and that was a talking point after the 106-101 Cleveland victory. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called it "bizarre," while Cavaliers coach David Blatt wanted to choose his words carefully afterwards. "Melee doesn't seem to be the appropriate word," Blatt said. "Can you think of a different word, and I'll answer the question?" When it was referred to it as an altercation, Blatt said, "I didn't think anything of it. No comment." His response was met with a laugh. Cleveland Plain Dealer

Despite meeting an ownership mandate to make the playoffs -- and doing so with a 45-win season that would've made New Orleans the No. 6 seed in the East -- Williams was let go Tuesday with one year left on his contract. And speculation among rival teams and coaching industry sources immediately turned to a head coach who is still employed: the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau, who was a candidate for the New Orleans job when the team hired Williams. CBSSports.com

Long-simmering tension between Thibodeau and the Bulls' front office is now common knowledge throughout the league, and rival teams expect the Bulls and their gravelly voiced, defensive genius to part ways once Chicago's playoff run is over. How long that playoff run goes, of course, complicates matters; how do you fire a coach who leads you to the conference finals or beyond? And if the parting is mutual, what, if any, compensation would the Bulls demand for Thibodeau to jump teams? CBSSports.com

May 12, 2015 Updates

And speculation among rival teams and coaching industry sources immediately turned to a head coach who is still employed: the Bulls' Tom Thibodeau, who was a candidate for the New Orleans job when the team hired Williams. Long-simmering tension between Thibodeau and the Bulls' front office is now common knowledge throughout the league, and rival teams expect the Bulls and their gravelly voiced, defensive genius to part ways once Chicago's playoff run is over. How long that playoff run goes, of course, complicates matters; how do you fire a coach who leads you to the conference finals or beyond? And if the parting is mutual, what, if any, compensation would the Bulls demand for Thibodeau to jump teams? CBSSports.com

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