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May 21, 2015 Updates

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

Before the playoffs, Blatt told me about how he sat down with Lue and they changed how they were defending the pick-and-roll and some other basics of NBA offenses. They did these a few times during the regular season. Then they took the changes to James, and asked for his input. Why? "Because LeBron has seen every about everything you can see in the NBA," said Blatt, adding that James was a "basketball savant." Cleveland Plain Dealer

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

Former Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he has not contacted by the New Orleans Pelicans for their vacant head coaching job. When asked if he has any interest in the opening, Jackson says he is happy with his job as an NBA analyst for ESPN. ''I'm having a time of my life calling these games,'' Jackson said during a conference call on Wednesday morning. ''It was a dream of mine to be a player, a coach and to be an announcer. I'm sitting beside friends for over 25 years, guys I respect and love. ESPN has been great to me and I'm enjoying what I'm doing and I have not been contacted. I'm having a blast announcing games.' New Orleans Times-Picayune

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

But something less expected happened afterwards, when Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor was non-committal about whether or not Flip Saunders would be coaching the team next season. “It’s not definite,” Taylor said, after pausing for a few seconds when asked specifically about Saunders returning as head coach. “But in my mind, with the effort that he put in this year to bring this team along, it’s probably 90 percent. If he sees somebody and he changes his mind, he certainly could convince me. I think eventually I want a different coach, and I want him to be the GM. My guess is that he’ll go another year.” NBCSports.com

Landing the top pick in the draft may be a nice enticement for Saunders to want to remain in the coaching position, but Taylor says that this recent, exciting development won’t affect that decision. “It won’t change,” Taylor said of Saunders’ thought process. “I think that Flip will change if he sees somebody in the coaching ranks that he really respects, and thinks in the long run that they will be the right guy for this team, then I think he’ll make that decision.” “We’re sort of taking it one year at a time,” Taylor said with a laugh. “[We haven’t discussed] seven years from now.” NBCSports.com

May 19, 2015 Updates

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