K.C. Johnson published this piece last night, and there are some intriguing nuggets in there.
For example, interest in Thibodeau overall, seems to be diminishing.
With so many agendas and points of view available, it can be tough separating fact from fiction. But this is indisputable: The Clippers gave the Celtics a future first-round pick for Doc Rivers' services in June 2013. And it's well-known throughout the NBA that if a team asked for permission to interview Thibodeau, who has two years left on his deal, the Bulls would grant it.
Thus, the fact no team has asked the Bulls to speak to Thibodeau suggests his outside options are dwindling.
It is highly interesting that no team has shown interest in Thibodeau, especially given his successful history. Sure, it could be a wait-and-see approach, but with the draft less than a month away, it looks increasingly likely that teams just aren't that into the Thibster.
(Sorry. Couldn't resist.)
So how does the lack of interest affect the Bulls?
First off, it looks like they can get forget expecting any sort of compensation. Teams less inclined to ask for an interview, which comes with no strings attached seeing as no one has to make Thibs a job offer, are also less inclined to be willing to offer anything for him outside of whatever salary they're prepared to offer him anyway.
So why is that?
One thing could be that several teams in the league have successfully copied Thibodeau's defensive schemes in recent years, and thus, the actual source for the league's overall improved defense is no longer of major interest. It doesn't matter who started the revolution. It matters only who finishes it.
Additionally, teams could be scared off by his lack of offensive insights, as well as his tendency to let practices run for well over two hours. This doesn't sit well with most NBA players, now including the Bulls themselves.
And finally, teams could be scared off by the drama. This thing has been going on for years, with reports sporadically popping up here and there. It'd make sense if teams fear the Thibodea-Van Gundy relationship, seeing as Thibs would have a speaker on his behalf, who reaches an international audience. Granted, Bulls mangement didn't help in that regard in lovering the drama, so they only have themselves to thank for the degree of which it's risen, and how teams now view the situation.
It's an interesting turn of events, but not one that will benefit the Bulls a whole lot. They obviously prefer compensation - who wouldn't? - but if the market for Thibodeau isn't there, they can't force it.
The question now is, is it time to just fire Thibodeau, hire his replacement, and move on as soon as possible? As mentioned, the draft is coming up in less than a month, and having a coach involved in that process is a big bonus, so he'll have input into choosing a player he'll coach later on.