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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

The Magic have not conducted any interviews for their head-coaching job, prompting speculation throughout the league that they are waiting to see if the Chicago Bulls and Tom Thibodeau part ways. The Bulls’ second-round playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers is tied at two games apiece. But if Thibodeau becomes a free agent, he might be more drawn to the Pelicans (and Davis) than to the Magic. Orlando Sentinel

May 11, 2015 Updates

While Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau is the leader in the Orlando Magic vacant coaching clubhouse, Scott Skiles and Scott Brooks are still in contention. I’m hearing the Magic job is Thibodeau’s if he so desires, although some basketball insiders are speculating New Orleans could be Thibodeau’s preferred landing spot. Skiles hasn’t coached since being jettisoned by the Bucks in January of 2013, but has a huge fan in Richard DeVos, the Magic owner. Racine Journal-Times

May 8, 2015 Updates

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau seems committed to keeping his lineup as is, even with center Joakim Noah struggling. Noah is 1 for 14 from the free throw line in the postseason and Thibodeau was asked Thursday if he would consider starting backup forward Taj Gibson instead. "Not right now," Thibodeau said. "When Jo was on the floor, we were a plus. You've got to look at a lot of things. We'll see how it unfolds, but Jo brings a lot to our team." Noah is leading the Bulls with 10.8 rebounds per game in the postseason and said his free-throw woes haven't become a mental thing. "It's disappointing," he said. "I've just got to keep working and make them tomorrow." USA Today Sports

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