HoopsHype Tom Thibodeau rumors

July 1, 2014 Updates

In an interview Sunday with Yahoo Sports, Rose — who missed all but 10 games last season with a torn meniscus in his right knee — indicated he might not try out for the U.S. team that will compete this summer in the Basketball World Cup in Spain. The tournament begins Aug. 30. That was news to the Bulls. ‘‘In terms of if he’s ready to go, he’s going,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘He wants to go. That’s what he’s told me; that’s what he’s told USA Basketball. But it’s a step-by-step process. He’s coming along fine. The next step is to participate in summer league. If that goes well, he goes to USA [camp]. And if that goes well, he’ll play in those games. Chicago Sun-Times

June 27, 2014 Updates

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau does not believe Rose's status will be a major issue for his team when talking to free agents. "Not really," Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000's NBA draft show on Thursday night. "In the NBA, injuries are part of it. And most guys go through a period in their own career when they're injured. It's adversity that you have to get past and get over and most of these guys have done that so I don't think that's going to be a big deal. I think they're going to see Derrick and they're going to know that he is healthy." ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates
June 22, 2014 Updates

Thus, the Bulls might have to sign Anthony, whom everyone from coach Tom Thibodeau to Rose is on board with adding, via outright salary-cap space. Using the amnesty provision on Boozer only nets them roughly $11 million of space, depending on where the cap is set July 1. The Bulls would have to sell off other pieces for nothing in return to create more cap space and would prefer obviously to keep Taj Gibson. So would Anthony should he land with the Bulls. Chicago Tribune

June 21, 2014 Updates

The Bulls’ push to acquire New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is heating up heading into NBA draft week, and perhaps no one wants his services more than coach Tom Thibodeau. According to one of Anthony’s former coaches, Thibodeau has reached out to him and to several other coaches who have worked with Anthony with numerous calls. ‘‘I even told Tom that there may be days he will want to blow his own head off when it comes to Melo’s defense, but he keeps saying he knows he can make it work,’’ the coach said. ‘‘It’s not that Carmelo can’t play defense, it’s just how often. And he knows every trick in the book on getting around that.’’ Chicago Sun-Times

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

June 18, 2014 Updates

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June 16, 2014 Updates
May 24, 2014 Updates

Being run on a shoestring budget, the Memphis Grizzlies don’t have a chance of getting Tom Thibodeau for both their president’s job and head coaching position. “Do they realize how much that will cost?’’ said one Chicago official, when word surfaced that the Grizzlies will look at the Bulls’ highly regarded coach if Memphis winds up allowing Dave Joerger to take the Timberwolves’ head coaching position. New York Daily News

May 23, 2014 Updates

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

May 19, 2014 Updates
May 18, 2014 Updates

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

May 7, 2014 Updates

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