Hornets general manager Jeff Bower has exchanged proposals with
Creative Artists Agency, which represents Thibodeau, on parameters of a
possible deal. Sources say Thibodeau still plans to meet with New Jersey Nets GM Rod Thorn about his coaching vacancy sometime before the start of the NBA Finals on Thursday.
It’s unclear how close the Hornets and Thibodeau are on a possible
agreement, but one thing seemed certain: Thibodeau still wants to stay
in play for openings with the Nets and Chicago Bulls, and that could become a slippery slope for his candidacy in New Orleans.
It’s possible Thibodeau could discuss the Bulls’ coaching vacancy
before the Finals, too. He’s high on Chicago’s list, but league sources
believe team officials are moving slowly on filling the job and may
keep the position open all the way into the July free-agent market.
Thibodeau has told confidants the Bulls job is his No. 1 choice.
Again, we hear that the Bulls are Thibodeau’s number one choice. Compared to the Nets, this doesn’t surprise me. Compared to the Hornets it’s at least a little interesting, as the Hornets have a lot of great pieces in place already.
Still, we find that the Bulls are stalling the process and waiting. I’m not sure what the rationale is on waiting so long here unless they’re willing to tell a 2010 FA “you can pick the coach”, but they’ve been fairly adamant about that not happening through back channel type sources.
If that’s not the rationale, then if we lose our man because we’re dragging our feet then that’s another black mark against the way the organization does business. Maybe we’re just not that into Thibodeau, but if we are, then why we’re sitting around waiting to interview him when two other franchise are interested is beyond me.
The Bulls really seem to go out of their way to disrespect coaches making their searches difficult as for the longest time they wouldn’t negotiate with a coach’s agent. He’s a coach, not a lawyer, of course he has an agent in a negotiation worth millions.