The Chicago Bulls could reportedly wait until jobs around the league are filled before deciding to dump Tom Thibodeau and search for a new head coach.
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It is no secret that the two parties have been at odds for some time, and after the Bulls were eliminated in disappointing fashion from the playoffs this year, it hasn’t done anything to help the situation.
While the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic have both been linked with a move for Thibodeau, Chicago are likely to want to secure a commitment from their replacement before letting him go.
Fred Hoiberg and Alvin Gentry have been lined up as the favourites to take over the post, but it remains to be seen how the Thibodeau situation plays out before they can secure a new coach.
The latest report claims that the Bulls may well continue to play hard ball as the relationship continues to deteriorate by keeping hold of their current coach until all the other positions are filled and then releasing him.
This comes after speculation that Thibodeau would prefer to sit out next season rather than accept a trade that would help the Bulls, and so the pettiness continues to escalate, if the rumours are to be believed.
More and more you hear Thibs admirers around NBA say they fear Bulls determined to let all three open jobs get filled and then let Thibs go
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 25, 2015
Thibodeau leaving would undoubtedly open up the situation for several teams around the league, and so the wait goes to see whether or not he continues in Chicago with two years remaining on his deal or the two parties agree to part company.