The Chicago Bulls did not take long to fill their head coaching vacancy, as they are reportedly finishing up a five-year contract with Fred Hoiberg.
Hoiberg had spent the five previous seasons in the college ranks as the head coach for Iowa State, who he was able to mold into a contender.
Iowa State was knocked out in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, but Hoiberg previously guided them to the Sweet 16 in 2014.
Hoiberg had played college basketball at Iowa State before playing for the Bulls throughout some of his NBA career.
It’s only fitting that Hoiberg will return to his former team as their head coach once again, but he will have big shoes to fill as he will be replacing a defensive mastermind in Tom Thibodeau.
Thibodeau was fired by the Bulls though after rumors of him not getting along with the front office and players, and the Bulls were unable to make it past the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
However, he will have some talent to work with in point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Pau Gasol. It remains to be seen whether he will be working with free-agent small forward and max contract candidate Jimmy Butler.