The New Orleans Pelicans surprisingly fired head coach Monty Williams earlier this week, but general manager Dell Demps is in no rush to hire a replacement. That’s because the Pelicans are waiting to see what happens with Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to John Reid of The Times Picayune.
Thibodeau could be on his way out of Chicago thanks to a poor relationship with upper management. The Bulls are on the brink of elimination from the playoffs, and if the Cleveland Cavaliers wind up dispatching Chicago, the expectation is that Thibodeau will be gone.
The head coaching job in New Orleans is certainly an attractive one. Anthony Davis is already a bona fide superstar, and the thought of Thibodeau coaching Davis the finer points of defense is a terrifying thought for the rest of the league. There’s also a lot of other young talent in place, and with a few shrewd moves, New Orleans could soon be a legitimate contender in the Western Conference.
If Thibodeau leaves the Bulls, the Pelicans would have competition for his services. The Orlando Magic are reportedly very interested and willing to pay up in terms of compensation for Chicago and Thibodeau. The Magic have a lot of young talent as well, although there’s no player the caliber of Davis.