The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Tom Thibodeau, with the expectation that he will be leaving the Chicago Bulls.
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Speculation has insisted that the Bulls and Thibodeau will part company this summer, although it is reported that the organisation want a commitment from a possible replacement first before discussing a departure.
Thibodeau still has two years remaining on his current deal, but with the right compensation package the Bulls could be willing to allow him to leave with Fred Hoiberg and Alvin Gentry linked with a move to the United Center to replace him.
Meanwhile, Byron Scott is still contracted to coach the Lakers for one more season and so it remains to be seen if the management team are ready to make a change ahead of Kobe Bryant’s final year in the league.
Various theories have suggested that this could all be a ploy from a number of respective parties to help them personally. Chicago could be looking to spark a bidding war for Thibodeau, the coach himself could be looking to increase his salary while the Lakers could be doing it to keep the fans interested and engaged.
Being told that the Lakers will be pursuing Tom Thibodeau. Byron Scott has just the one year left. Lakers would be paying four head coaches.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 20, 2015
Whatever the case may be, it is seemingly a move that would suit various parties and there is plenty of sense behind it if it is true.
While Gentry is reportedly making movements over potentially taking over the New Orleans Pelicans, this may come down to whether or not Hoiberg can be persuaded to swap the college game for the NBA which will in turn set things in motion.