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Report: Thibodeau, Bulls talking contract extension again

Sep 6, 2012, 1:39 AM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose listens to coach Tom Thibodeau during their NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago Reuters

Tom Thibodeau has a contract for next season. But not the one after that. And contract extension talks between Thibodeau and the notoriously stingy Bulls ownership have not gone smoothly before, with the two sides reportedly nowhere near each other.

But they seem to be talking again, according to

Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and coach Tom Thibodeau have resumed negotiations about a contract extension for Thibodeau, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Reports surfaced last season that Thibodeau was unhappy he did not have an extension secured. Forman then appeared on “The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show” on ESPN 1000 and stated that talks had begun before last season and would resume after the season.

Thibodeau has leverage here — the players, including Derrick Rose, are behind him; plus the Bulls just would not be the same without their coach’s defensive intensity. And the market has pretty much been set, the Thunder’s Scott Brooks just got four years at about $18 million.

As they always tend to do, these negotiations will continue to drag out. Still, expect a deal at some point because the Bulls need Thibodeau and he knows he’s got a team in Chicago that has one of those handful of stars you can build a contender around in Rose. Really, they need each other. Their just trying to save/make a few more bucks in the contract.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 6, 2012 at 2:25 AM

    Scott Brooks’ deal took awhile despite the fact that he had JUST led his young team to the NBA Finals.

    These deals don’t get done until they have to, but they almost always get done. If Chicago doesn’t pay him, someone else will.

    • natsthecat - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:48 PM

      Reinsdorf let Phil Jackson walk. He also let Michael Jordan walk. What he wants is a full arena. Period. He had season ticket holders held hostage after Jordan and PJ left.

      All he cares about is $$$$$$$ and making it. If I was Thibadeau, I would walk if I didn’t get what I wanted. He is a very good coach and has probably learned a hard lesson about not playing starters for too long..His main detractor on his coaching, IMO

      You are right, another team WILL pay him…and this may end up to be how it plays out.

      • chicitybulls - Sep 6, 2012 at 5:24 PM

        Why would he leave JUST to get paid? I mean he could go to Charlotte and get paid but that’s not a better team. He’s not going to leave one of the biggest markets in the country with one of the best players in the league to go somewhere else. Dont worry, Reinsdorf is going to pay him. Sorry, your team will have to keep who they have.

  2. miamatt - Sep 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM


  3. berto55 - Sep 6, 2012 at 8:10 AM

    Love Thibs and he gets the team (ok not Boozer) ready to play each game like it’s game 7 of the finals, but…..he gets the team ready to play each game like it’s game 7 of the finals. You have to wonder if this wears players out and/or prevents them from having that “extra gear” come playoff time. The last couple years we have overachieved in the regular season and underachieved come playoff time. Everybody wants to say Reinsdorf is cheap but the guy is just a smart businessman. He doesn’t want to spend money he doesn’t have to so he drives a hard bargain.

    • natsthecat - Sep 6, 2012 at 3:52 PM

      He also let Phil Jackson brilliant was that? And he was fine with blowing up the team when MJ retired.
      The guy is a smart businessman. He had the season ticket holders good will and used it to the max. All he cares about is a full United Center.

      Thibadeau most likely learned a hard lesson with Rose. Wherever he goes next…he most likely won’t repeat this mistake.

  4. fballlvr22 - Sep 6, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    So they aren’t trying to trade him for more salary cap space?

    • berto55 - Sep 6, 2012 at 10:26 AM

      You wonder why they aren’t doing more of that….Deng is going to be a free agent and someone will overpay, Boozer is going to be amnesty, Rip is certainly not part of the future….time to get younger and build a new team around Rose for 2013 or 2014.

  5. bears615 - Sep 6, 2012 at 12:24 PM

    As I fan I want him to be there for a long time. Best coach they’ve had since Jackson. Also, as a fan, I’m saddened to see how this team has been dismantled. I feel like its going to be the 09-10 season all over again.

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