HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

June 21, 2014 Updates

According to a league source, Anthony is intrigued by the idea of playing for Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. During the season, Anthony sought out multiple ex-Chicago wing players—separate from the widely reported conversations he had with Bulls center Joakim Noah, the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year—about Thibodeau, according to the source. Wall Street Journal

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CJ Watson: Thibs RT @31NBA: @CJ Watson whos ur favorite coach ever? Twitter @Quietstorm_32

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While four-time NBA champion and three-time Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich is thought to be earning $6 million annually with the Spurs, Steve Kerr, a man with absolutely zero coaching experience at any level, just signed a deal worth $5 million annually from the Warriors to become their next head coach. Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers both received $7 million to coach their teams and have the final say in roster decisions, with both inevitably having to hire again a general manager to do the bulk of the leg work on the roster construction, while Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau had to fight for his $4 million. HoopsHype

May 21, 2014 Updates

The status is he has three seasons remaining on a four-year extension that will pay him between $17.5 and $18 million. The first thing that should be pointed out regarding the rumors is that not one team rumored to be interested in Thibodeau has formally asked the Bulls for permission to interview him. I’d be surprised if any did. If one did, the Bulls would either deny permission or seek extremely high compensation should Thibodeau want to be interviewed and the ensuing talks produce a job offer. Again, that would be a surprise if that happened. The Bulls value Thibodeau. They wouldn’t have signed him to such a long and lucrative extension if they didn’t. Chicago Tribune

Thibodeau, by all accounts, enjoys coaching the Bulls. He repeatedly lauds his team’s makeup and character, praises the city and fan base and has a strong relationship with ownership. Here’s a news flash: He’d like more talent. All coaches would. And, yes, there have been times he and management have disagreed on personnel. So did Jerry Krause and Phil Jackson. His relationship with management has some divisive periods, but both he and management remain committed to winning a championship. And they speak and speak often. The relationship isn’t perfect. And that’s why there are so many rumors; that is known by the league. Chicago Tribune

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Jimmy Butler didn’t end the season in a happy place. The Bulls two-guard was downright disappointed with the way he was used in a five-game first-round playoff exit against the Washington Wizards. According to one teammate, Butler was unhappy enough that he actually met with coach Tom Thibodeau after Game  2 and voiced his complaints. Chicago Sun-Times

It wasn’t about the 43.6 minutes per game he saw in the series but that he felt like he was being phased out of the offense, especially when the two-point-guard attack of Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin was on the floor. Butler wants to be the defensive stopper that plays heavy minutes, which means his scoring is bound to suffer somewhat because of the physical style he plays defensively. That’s why it will be a huge offseason for him — he has to improve on a season in which he shot just 39 percent from the field and 28 percent from three-point range. In the three games after his talk with Thibodeau, Butler averaged 15.7 points, almost three points higher than his regular-season average. Chicago Sun-Times

May 9, 2014 Updates

Sam Smith: I assume I’ll be answering this one for months. As far as I know, which I guess can change any time or that no one told me, no one has asked for permission to talk with Thibodeau about their coaching opening. The larger issue may be the journalism, or lack of it. Most of these stories seem to be some team, according to someone always unnamed and who exactly in management is telling reporters this stuff, is thinking about asking for Thibs as their coach. So you say no one ever thought about Phil Jackson as their coach or Pat Riley? NBA.com

The Warriors are expected to contact the Chicago Bulls to explore the availability of their head coach, defensive whiz Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant in Boston when Lacob was a minority owner of the 2008 champion Celtics. They're also believed to be considering the merits of former NBA head coaches Lionel Hollins, Mike D'Antoni, George Karl and Jerry Sloan, and college head coaches Fred Hoiberg and Kevin Ollie, and are waiting for assistants David Fizdale, Alvin Gentry and Nate McMillan, the latter two former head coaches, to complete playoff runs. San Francisco Chronicle

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I don’t know if there is anything to this, but I’m pretty sure Thibs isn’t going anywhere but coaching the Bulls. There was a flurry of this talk to the Knicks a few months back and Thibs was often joking about it. The interesting part was the ridiculous speculation the Lakers would give up their lottery pick perhaps in the top three. Of course with the Lakers having committed all sorts of picks in the future in deals they probably can’t trade their pick, anyway, though there are ways around it if you are serious. NBA.com

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