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Bulls Have Understanding Fred Hoiberg Will Accept Job

May 29, 2015 11:39 AM

The Chicago Bulls moved forward with firing Tom Thibodeau this week as it became clear that the front office had an understanding with Fred Hoiberg that he would accept the job.

Hoiberg played for the Bulls during his playing career and has prior front office experience with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Hoiberg has had a successful run as head coach of Iowa State.

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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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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.

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Bulls, Pelicans Emerge With Interest In Royce White

May 27, 2015 9:20 PM

As Royce White attempts his NBA comeback through the July Summer League, the Chicago Bulls and New Orleans Pelicans are emerging as suitors for the former 16th overall selection in the 2012 NBA Draft, league sources told RealGM. 

White has worked out in Minneapolis this season, and recently had a workout with the Los Angeles Clippers, a source said. The Clippers, and several other teams, remain in strong contention for White's summer league decision.

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Bulls Seriously Considering Firing Tom Thibodeau

May 27, 2015 3:53 PM

The Chicago Bulls are giving serious consideration to firing Tom Thibodeau and absorbing the financial hit, according to sources.

The likelihood of the Bulls terminating the partnership with Thibodeau is reportedly growing with each passing day.

Sources say that the Bulls' dissatisfaction with Thibodeau has risen in the wake of Chicago's inability to win a second-round series.

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Source: Bulls Tried To Have Tom Thibodeau Hire Doug Collins As Assistant Coach

May 27, 2015 3:46 PM

The Chicago Bulls' front office reportedly attempted to have Tom Thibodeau hire an offensive-minded assistant coach.

The coach pushed to Thibodeau was Doug Collins, according to a source.

The Bulls nearly hired Collins as a head coach again in 2008 before hiring Vinny Del Negro.

Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

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Tom Thibodeau's Contract With Bulls Contains Offset Language

May 26, 2015 9:44 PM

Jerry Reinsdorf remains the wild card in the contentious battle between the Chicago Bulls' front office and Tom Thibodeau.

Both the front office and Thibodeau would like to part ways, but the Bulls don't want to fire him to have him coach another team next year without compensation.

Thibodeau's contract contain offset language, meaning the Bulls' financial commitment would be "offset" by the amount he would make if hired by another team.

Reinsdorf, according to several sources, was extremely upset with Thibodeau after Jeff Van Gundy criticized the organization during a January broadcast on ESPN for historically undermining coaches.

Reinsdorf, who has served as an occasional oasis for Thibodeau during his rocky relationship with management, discussed the incident with Thibodeau.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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Bulls Waiting For Coaching Vacancies To Fill Before Firing Tom Thibodeau

May 23, 2015 3:05 PM

The Chicago Bulls have been waiting for a team to offer a draft pick to hire Tom Thibodeau, but no such offer has materialized. 

The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Pelicans are two franchises that have had interest in Thibodeau for their head coaching vacancies.

The Bulls seem determined to hold on to Thibodeau until the NBA's job vacancies are filled, which would leave him out of coaching next season. Thibodeau has been unwilling to step down to give up any of the money owed to him over the remaining two seasons of his deal with the Bulls.

According to various reports, the Bulls would like to hire Fred Hoiberg.

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Wiggins, Noel, Mirotic, Clarkson, Payton On All-Rookie Team

May 18, 2015 2:43 PM

Andrew Wiggins, Nerlens Noel, Jordan Clarkson, Nikola Mirotic and Elfrid Payton have been named to the 14-15 NBA All-Rookie First Team.

On the second team are Marcus Smart, Zach LaVine, Bojan Bogdanovic, Jusuf Nurkic and Langston Galloway.

From Gary Neal and Landry Fields in 2011 to Marc Jackson in 2001, the All-Rookie First Team has had a surprising number of one-hit wonders.

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Report: Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler Had Tension With Roles On Offense

May 18, 2015 1:18 PM

Derrick Rose and Jimmy Butler have had a growing tension over the past few weeks as the two figure out who will be the Chicago Bulls' primary scorer.

Butler was waved off by Rose on a few occasions in the first half of Game 6 before Rose allowed Butler to dominate the offense in the second half.

Butler will be a restricted free agent this offseason and figures to sign a max contract.

Dan Bernstein/CBS Chicago

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Thunder Interested In Monty Williams, Andy Greer, Nate Tibbets As Assistants
Monty Williams was recently fired by the Pelicans, while Andy Greer is currently an assistant with the Bulls and Nate Tibbetts with the Blazers.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-6)
All four Conference Semifinals have played six games with the Warriors, Cavaliers and Hawks eliminating the Grizzlies, Bulls and Wizards, while the Clippers and Rockets will meet in Game 7.

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Bulls Unwilling To Let Tom Thibodeau Leave Without Compensation
The Bulls are not even prepared to engage in compensation talks until they have a commitment from a replacement for Tom Thibodeau that excites them.

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Bulls Interested In Fred Hoiberg, Adrian Griffin
If the Bulls part ways with Tom Thibodeau this offseason, Fred Hoiberg has widely been expected to be their top candidate.

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Tom Thibodeau, Pelicans Have Mutual Interest
With the Bulls eliminated from the playoffs, the future of Tom Thibodeau becomes a pressing question for several franchises.

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Joakim Noah Wins J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award
Joakim Noah has dedicated himself to helping children develop a stronger sense of self through his Noah’s Arc Foundation (NAF).

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-5)
All four Conference Semifinals have played five games with the Warriors, Cavaliers, Clippers and Hawks holding three games to two series leads over the Grizzlies, Bulls, Rockets and Wizards respectively.

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Pau Gasol Hopes To Play In Game 6
Pau Gasol said previous hamstring injuries sidelined him for a month and 2-1/2 weeks but this one isn't as severe.

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Pau Gasol Misses Game 5 With Strained Hamstring
Pau Gasol has a strained left hamstring.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1-4)
All four Conference Semifinals have played four games with the Cavaliers/Bulls, Hawks/Wizards and Warriors/Grizzlies tied at 2-2, and the Clippers holding a 3-1 series lead over the Rockets.

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Eastern Conference Vet: Bulls Adhere Strictly To Called Plays
The Cavaliers had runs of 16-0 and 16-2 in the first and second halves of their Game 4 win over the Bulls.

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Blatt Tried To Call Timeout; Have LeBron Take Ball Out On Final Play
David Blatt made two potentially disastrous coaching mistakes in the final seconds of the Cavaliers' 86-84 win in Game 4 at the Bulls.

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LeBron Accuses Noah Of Crossing Line With Trash Talking
LeBron James and Joakim Noah received double technical fouls during the third quarter of Game 3.

Chris Haynes/Cleveland Plain Dealer

Lakers Plan To Pursue Jimmy Butler
Jimmy Butler will be a restricted free agent this summer after the Bulls were unable to sign him to an extension.

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Pau Gasol Leaves Game 3 With Hamstring Strain
Pau Gasol left the third quarter of Game 3 with a left hamstring strain.

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NBA Fines Joakim Noah $25,000 For Pushing Fan
Joakim Noah pushed the fan when walking to the tunnel.

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Ahead Of Green, Gobert
Jimmy Butler received 92 of 129 first-place votes and 535 total points.

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Team-By-Team Points Per 100 Possessions (Games 1, 2)
All four Conference Semifinals series are tied at 1-1 after the first two games.

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Jimmy Butler Wins NBA's Most Improved Player Award
Jimmy Butler took a big step forward before hitting restricted free agency.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Derrick Rose Pain-Free After Suffering Stinger In Shoulder
Derrick Rose said he has no pain after suffering a stinger in his right shoulder late in the Bulls' Game 1 win over the Cavaliers.

K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

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