I meant to get to this yesterday, but with all the draft hubbub, it conveniently slipped through the cracks. And based on the nature of the report, I almost feel like that's the way it was meant to be. Basically, K.C. Johnson reports that the Chicago Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau are nowhere close to a contract extension. Sadly, this really is not all that surprising.
"Free agency opens Sunday. And while Tom Thibodeau's contract extension talks have been ongoing for awhile, significant work remains, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions." (Chicago Tribune).
Thibodeau's option has been picked up for 2012-13, but one would assume he'd like to get a new deal done by the time the season starts. However, things aren't looking good, and Johnson brings up the 2005 Scott Skiles negotiations as a scary parallel. The Bulls were burned by the big contract they ended up giving Skiles, and they reportedly do not want to make the same mistake again. Because of this, the two sides have "stalled on contract length and value."
Personally, I'd be fine with throwing a relatively big contract at Thibodeau. I know Thibs has his faults and big money coaches are supposedly no longer en vogue, but he's a hell of a coach that should be in Chicago a long time. Sure the Skiles similarities are there, but I don't envision this situation going down that same path, especially with Derrick Rose in the fold.
So Bulls, just do this:
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