is still waiting on inevitable Hornets offer, but sources say he's
eager to meet with Nets and Bulls. Chicago's his preferred job.
Also per MIke McGraw:
There were indications Bulls general manager Gar Forman was already
headed to Boston for a meeting with Thibodeau on Saturday. The NBA
Finals are not scheduled to begin until next Thursday.
It will be interesting to see how much Thibodeau costs an organization to hire him, he's extraordinarily sought after given that he's an assistant with no head coaching experience. I could see him getting a deal as high as 4 million a season despite his lack of experience simply due to the competition.
This also feels a bit like going with the evil we don't know vs the evil we do know. Since Thibodeau hasn't had to run a team we don't get to pick over his record or flaws like we can with the other head coaching candidates. I'm curious to see whether the Bulls are sold on him already or whether they need to be sold in the interview process.
Interestingly though, I think the rest of the free agents and league is on board with judging Thibodeau as better than guys like Avery Johnson, Byron Scott, and Maurice Cheeks despite a lack of experience.
So if you're betting? Do you take Thibodeau or the field for the Bulls next coach. I think I might lean towards Thibodeau.
---- McGraw updated his blog and Forman is not going afterall. It sounds like the Bulls will wait until after the finals is over. ---
Word is, Gar Forman did not travel to Boston to meet with Celtics
assistant Tom Thibodeau. It looked like a get-together might be
arranged after Boston eliminated Orlando in the Eastern Conference
finals on Friday. The Celtics have five days off before starting the
Finals against the Lakers or Suns on Thursday.
So why are the Bulls waiting? A few reasons pop to mind:
1: They just like to operate deliberately regardless of what fans think of it.
2: They still feel they have a shot at Doc Rivers or Phil Jackson and want to wait on them.
3: They want to try to gather more back channel info on what varying players would think of different coaching hires.
4: They want to wait awhile longer to make a bigger splash closer to FA starting to keep themselves more relevant in the news
5: Some other reason I haven't managed to come up with in the past three minutes.