The clock is winding down on the Tom Thibodeau saga, with a resolution expected no later than Friday, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
With no team willing to offer up any type of compensation, the expectation at this point is that the Chicago Bulls will simply fire Thibodeau, despite him having two years and $9 million left on his contract. If Thibodeau gets another job, the Bulls would be off the hook for the money they owe him because of offset language in his contract.
Johnson had some juicy tidbits in his report, including the revelation that several players didn’t endorse Thibodeau returning next season in exit meetings with management. Some players have also been making separate offseason workout plans for several years in order to get away from Chicago and the relentless Thibodeau, who’s always working.
The rift between Thibodeau and the front office has been known for several years, but everything has come to a head this year. There have been disagreements over minutes and roster management, as well as growing frustration over Thibodeau’s offensive schemes. Now toss in this report that some players want him gone, and we’ve seemingly reached a point of no return.
Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg remains Chicago’s top choice to replace Thibodeau.