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Report: Warriors expected to ask Bulls about Tom Thibodeau’s availability

May 9, 2014, 8:05 PM EDT

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With reports of a rift between Tom Thibodeau and Bulls management, teams with coaching vacancies are circling.

First the Lakers, potentially at Kobe Bryant’s urging, and now the Warriors.

Rusty Simmons of SFGate:

The Warriors are expected to contact the Chicago Bulls to explore the availability of their head coach, defensive whiz Tom Thibodeau, who was an assistant in Boston when Lacob was a minority owner of the 2008 champion Celtics.

Thibodeau, obviously, also has say here. He’s been successful in Chicago, and there’s no guarantee he wants to leave. There are a lot of considerations – potential salary, his desire to live in California, his perception of each team’s quality, etc. – before this gets serious.

And of course, whether the Bulls, who have Thibodeau under contract, want to let him go.

The Celtics and Clippers set the market last season for an exchange like this, Los Angeles sending Boston a first-round pick – one likely to fall late in the round – to let Doc Rivers out of his contract early.

Due to trades, the Warriors can’t trade any draft pick – first round or second – before 2019. Would the Bulls want to wait that long get their return? Would Golden State mortgage even more of their-long term future?

If the Warriors wait until after the 2014 draft, they could trade their 2015 first-round pick, but they might not want to let the uncertainty linger that long. Chicago might not want to find a new coach that late in the process, either.

And I’m not sure Thibodeau would be an ideal fit in Golden State – at least good enough to warrant the cost of hiring him, including what Chicago would require and the salary Thibodeau would command.

The Warriors quietly had an excellent defense last season. Thibodeau would at least maintain that level, maybe even nudge them up slightly. But he wouldn’t move the needle considerably, because there just isn’t that much room to improve.

Golden State needs a coach who can make its offense click. The Warriors have plenty of offensive talent, and they should be much better than a middling offensive team.

Thibodeau hasn’t shown offense to be his forte.

The Warriors should have interest in him, because he’s a very good coach. Beyond that, there are many more reasons to suspect this won’t happen than to believe it will.

  1. cmart0907 - May 9, 2014 at 8:22 PM

    You people are crazy if you think he will leave Chicago.

    • xli2006 - May 10, 2014 at 12:24 AM

      He’s basically had 3 postseason runs derailed due to their franchise player’s multiple injuries to both knees. If you are a coveted coach it seems like it would be somewhat enticing to say “enough is enough” and start fresh. At some point that has to be a factor. Who knows what type of player Rose will be when/if he returns to form. A PG built on tempo, cuts, and stop-and-pop doesn’t just miraculously brush off dual knee surgeries with minimal court time over several years now.

      Aside from the Warriors… when the Lakers call, you kind of have to listen (note: I despise the Lakers, but it is a destination job, is a huge stage, and you have to think they are going to throw a ton of money at a rebuilding project). The Warriors have a solid young core (that is healthy, which is key) and are on the rise.

      You’d have to imagine some Free Agents are wary of pinning their career to Rose. Melo and Love (the 2 names that have been mentioned) have to take that into consideration. With Thibs name coming up in Coaching Vacancies, a potential Amnesty for Boozer, they already moved Deng knowing it didn’t make sense to keep him longterm to wait for Rose’s return, it just appears the Bulls were building upon a foundation that wasn’t there and may or may not be there in the future. It has to be a bit tense given the obvious situation they’ve been in for 2 1/2 years now.

      The Warriors should never have fired Jackson…. but they did. Thibs will likely stay but he should definitely listen.

  2. mp4philly - May 9, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Stan Van Gundy and now Thibodeau.. It’s funny the organization got rid of Jackson because of his qualms with management but both of these guys either have or have had major issues with their respective front offices.

  3. 1harrypairatesties - May 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    What’s wrong with these people?!! HE’S NOT LEAVING CHICAGO!!!

  4. 00millerfortune - May 9, 2014 at 10:35 PM

    LOL Thibbs the best thing coaching not named Gregg Popovich IMO but he would RUIN Steph Curry’s ankles/career, not to mention Bogut! LOL

  5. bruiserbrigade - May 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    The Suns had a chance to sign Thibs back when we were trying to change our identity to a more defensive team. No better coach in the league to do that, from his time with the Knicks under Jeff Van Gundy. But no, Steve Kerr went with his good pal Terry Porter who lasted 51 games. SMH.

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