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Bulls Fire Tom Thibodeau

May 28, 2015 12:10 PM

The Chicago Bulls have fired Tom Thibodeau as head coach.

Thibodeau was hired as head coach in 2010.

Thibodeau and the Bulls' front office have had a deteriorating relationship for several seasons. The Bulls' front office entered the offseason hoping to be able to receive compensation from a rival team interested in hiring Thibodeau, but no such market emerged when it was clear the franchise would eventually fire him. 

Thibodeau's contract has offset language that will allow the Bulls to recoup some of his salary.

Fred Hoiberg is widely considered the frontrunner to become the next head coach of the Bulls.

Jerry Reinsdorf said, “The Chicago Bulls have a history of achieving great success on and off the court. These accomplishments have been possible because of an organizational culture where input from all parts of the organization has been welcomed and valued, there has been a willingness to participate in a free flow of information, and there have been clear and consistent goals. While the head of each department of the organization must be free to make final decisions regarding his department, there must be free and open interdepartmental discussion and consideration of everyone's ideas and opinions. These internal discussions must not be considered an invasion of turf, and must remain private. Teams that consistently perform at the highest levels are able to come together and be unified across the organization-staff, players, coaches, management and ownership. When everyone is on the same page, trust develops and teams can grow and succeed together. Unfortunately, there has been a departure from this culture. To ensure that the Chicago Bulls can continue to grow and succeed, we have decided that a change in the head coaching position is required. Days like today are difficult, but necessary for us to achieve our goals and fulfill our commitments to our fans. I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization. I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future.”

"When Tom was hired in 2010, he was right for our team and system at that time, and over the last five years we have had some success with Tom as our head coach,” said Gar Forman. “But as we looked ahead and evaluated how we as a team and an organization could continue to grow and improve, we believed a change in approach was needed."

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 29th (Kevin Pelton)

May 28, 2015 10:43 PM

In Friday's episode, ESPN Insider Kevin Pelton (@KPelton) joins Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) to discuss the Tom Thibodeau firing in Chicago, preview the Finals, and discuss the highest-rated prospects on his draft board.

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Dwyane Wade, Heat Have 'Sizable Gap' On Contract Plans

May 28, 2015 5:13 PM

Dwyane Wade opted out of the final two years of his contract that would have paid him $41.6 million and instead accepted a two-year, $31 million deal. The contract includes a player option next for $16.1 million.

Wade said last summer that he was curious to see what he could command in the summer of 2016, when the cap is expected to skyrocket from $67 million to $89 million. 

 

But according to associates, there is a sentiment in Wade's camp that he could opt out this summer with the hope the Miami Heat would give him a three-year deal.

The Heat would be content with Wade opting in for next season, the re-signing for significant but not huge money for another two seasons in 2016.

A sizable gap between what Wade would like over the next three seasons and what the Heat are prepared to pay him has materialized.

Barry Jackson/Miami Herald

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Marc Gasol: Spurs Are An Example Franchise

May 28, 2015 10:52 AM

Marc Gasol is expected to be pursued in free agency by the San Antonio Spurs.

Gasol's free agency plans have remained a mystery and the common expectation has been he would re-sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.

"I'm a free agent, but I still have not raised anything," said Gasol of his future. "In the next few weeks, I will begin to speak with different franchises. My brother has not advised me about the different possibilities, but the decision will be complicated. My family spends time in Memphis and has even worked in the Saint Jude Hospital."

"San Antonio is an example franchise and I've always admired Tim Duncan," said Gasol. "But we'll see in the summer. "

The Spurs can create maximum contract cap space.

Abraham Romero/AS.com (h/t Dan McCarney/San Antonio Express-News)

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Pelicans Discuss Head Coaching Job With Vinny Del Negro

May 28, 2015 8:55 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have discussed their head coaching vacancy with Vinny Del Negro.

Del Negro emerged as a candidate after the Pelicans considered his prior experience with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Clippers.

Del Negro reached the playoffs four times in five seasons.

Del Negro was credited with playing a part in the development of several talented young players in both jobs. He worked in the Phoenix Suns' front office, where he ascended from player personnel director to assistant general manager.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Klay Thompson Developed Concussion-Like Symptoms After Game 5

May 28, 2015 10:30 AM

Klay Thompson developed concussion-like symptoms following the Golden State Warriors' Game 5 win over the Houston Rockets.

If it is ruled that he had a concussion, he would be required to follow the NBA's concussion protocol.

Thompson had been hit in the head by Trevor Ariza at the 9:31 mark of the fourth quarter (Vine), when the Rockets forward bit on a pump-fake and jumped so high that his knee hit Thompson's ear.  

Thompson went to the locker room at that time, and was put through a concussion evaluation by the Warriors' medical staff. According to a team release, he did not show any concussion-like symptoms then, but later began "to not feel well and developed concussion-like symptoms."

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported on Thursday morning that Thompson threw up a few times on Thursday night, but felt better afterwards.

Sam Amick/USA Today

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Warriors, Cavaliers Efficiency In Regular Season / Playoffs

May 28, 2015 1:36 PM

The Cleveland Cavaliers ranked just 18th in defensive rating during the regular season, but they became a vastly improved side on that end of the floor following the acquisition of Timofey Mozgov.

During the playoffs, the Cavaliers have become even better on defense, allowing 101.9 points per 100 possessions during 14 games against the Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks.

The Golden State Warriors were the best team in the regular season on the defensive end, allowing 101.4 points per 100 possessions. In the playoffs, they're also allowing 101.4 points per 100 possessions.

On the offensive end, the Cavaliers scored 111.1 points per 100 possessions, which ranked third in the regular behind the Warriors at 111.6.

The playoffs is heavily skewed by the quality of the competition.

Regular Season (Off / Def / EDiff)

Warriors: 111.6 / 101.4 / 10.3

Cavaliers: 111.1 / 106.3 / 4.8

Playoffs (Off / Def / EDiff)

Warriors: 109.9 / 101.4 / 8.5

Cavaliers: 111.5 / 101.9 / 9.7

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Dunc'd On Basketball Podcast: May 28th

May 28, 2015 3:32 AM

In Thursday's episode, Nate Duncan (@NateDuncanNBA) and Daniel Leroux of RealGM (@DannyLeroux) recap the Warriors closing out the Rockets in a hard-fought game and advancing to the NBA Finals. They also talk about Houston's future and answer listener questions.

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Some Bulls' Players Didn't Endorse Retaining Tom Thibodeau

May 28, 2015 10:58 AM

The Chicago Bulls are expected to resolve the future of Tom Thibodeau by Friday with his dismissal likely unless Jerry Reinsdorf unexpectedly intervenes at the last minute.

Thibodeau is owed $9 million over the final two years of his contract.

Fred Hoiberg is widely considered the favorite to replace Thibodeau.

According to sources, some players didn't endorse Thibodeau's return in exit meetings with management.

Some players have been making separate offseason plans for several summers to get a break from Thibodeau, who rarely leaves the practice facility.

Thibodeau has had no dialogue with John Paxson, the executive vice president of basketball operations, since Paxson suggested to Thibodeau that he cancel an unplanned practice he had scheduled in January and merely hold a team meeting with open dialogue with players. Several players praised the meeting. 

Thibodeau is so isolated that he typically spends all day behind his closed office door.

Thibodeau reportedly never got over management letting Omer Asik and Kyle Korver leave for nothing in free agency, took months to sign his contract extension and bristled at management's imposing of minute restrictions for Joakim Noah, Derrick Rose and Kirk Hinrich this season.

Sources confirmed Thibodeau's contract contains offset language, which means the Bulls' financial commitment would be "offset" by the amount he would make if hired by another team before the deal expires in 2017.

Update: The Bulls announced the firing of Thibodeau on Thursday.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Scott Skiles Interviews With Pelicans

May 27, 2015 11:12 PM

Scott Skiles remains the frontrunner for the Orlando Magic job, but he has also been interviewed by the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Pelicans and Magic both entered their coaching search with Tom Thibodeau as a candidate, but he remains under contract with the Chicago Bulls.

Jeff Van Gundy and Alvin Gentry have also interviewed with the Pelicans.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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