There were thoughts about whether the Bulls would give permission to teams to interview Tom Thibodeau, but after looking at the coaching market out there, those thoughts get scarier and scarier.
Stan Van Gundy signed for 35 million over five seasons to coach the Pistons as well as handle the role of team president. I'm always a little wary of guys who have too much responsibility in this case, but he'll have control over the roster he has to coach.
While expensive, Stan Van Gundy proved himself in Orlando where he took the Magic to the finals. A feat that looks more impressive over time as Dwight Howard on the Rockets and Lakers with better players around him experienced considerably less success.
Stan Van Gundy I get. What I don't get is how two teams ended up in a bidding war over Steve Kerr. I'm sure Kerr's a bright guy, but his GM work in Phoenix wasn't particularly good, his analysis in the playoffs concluded that the Bulls simply needed to play more Boozer, and he's never coached at the NBA or college level before.
Too bad he didn't land in NY, then maybe that Boozer for Melo sign and trade would have had a chance.
Now I'm not against Steve Kerr landing a job, but the job he landed is going to pay him 25 million over the next five seasons. That's elite coaching money in terms of length of contract and total money. Seems like a big price tag for a guy who's effectively a big gamble.
As for Chicago, they locked Tom Thibodeau in at around 4.5 million per season and have there seasons left on that deal. They committed for one less season and seven million less in money than what the Warriors gave Kerr. They did that to get a guy who was coach of the year and runner up for the award to sign an extension.
I wonder if Tom's regretting that one now. Without Rose healthy, the team prospects haven't been anything special, and if he was a FA coach right now with the Lakers, Knicks, and Warriors fighting over him? It'd probably be raining 10 million plus per year on Tom.
Whatever faults we have with Thibodeau, the coaching free agent market sure looks a lot worse.