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Hornets do want Thibodeau, but haven't made a formal offer

May 26, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

Tom Thibodeau seems destined to finally join the head coaching ranks this summer after working for 19 years as an assistant. However, whether that opportunity will come with the Hornets or another team is still up in the air.

Although New Orleans is definitely interested in bringing Thibodeau in as their new head coach (particularly after Avery Johnson’s ambition to be a dual coach/manager ruined his chances) and were reported to have made a formal proposal to Thibodeau to be he next coach of the Hornets, Jeff Bower has refuted that claim. Via John Reid of the Times Picayune:

“The New Orleans Hornets have not made a formal offer to any
candidates involved in the process to hire a head coach,” Bower said
in a statement. “We have had discussions with many impressive
candidates.

“We will issue an official update when we have concluded the process
and have reached an agreement. Any other information should be
considered rumor or unauthorized and unreliable information.”

Bower’s statement doesn’t change Thibodeau’s status as the front-runner for the Hornets job, and knowing the nature of these denials, the team could issue an offer very soon — later this week, even. For now though, New Orleans’ coaching search continues.

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