Looks like the Bulls are going to get their man.
The Bulls have presented Tom Thibodeau with a three-year offer to become the 18th head coach in Bulls franchise history and Thibodeau is prepared to accept, according to sources. The deal should be finalized shortly.
Sources said Thibodeau is expected to keep Pete Myers on his staff and bring with him former Bulls and current Thunder assistant Ron Adams. Other candidates for his staff include Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks, former Knicks assistant Andy Greer and former Kings coach Eric Musselman.
Good for Tom. I'm happy for him. I'll miss him, but in truth he probably should have gotten a job years ago. We've been lucky to have him this long. Here's hoping he can finish off his tenure in Boston on a high note.
Chicago should be a good fit for him too. He'll have an already talented squad with the potential to play good defense. Deng can be a poor man's Pierce and Noah can be a very poor man's Garnett. And of course Derrick Rose is going to be a rival of Rondo's for quite some time. We'll see which free agent they can add too. My initial guess is Joe Johnson, but we'll see.
Update: The Sam Smith just posted that he's accepted the job on the Bull's website. Which isn't as official as it sounds since there disclaimers on there saying Sam's stuff isn't endorsed by the Bulls. But the guy works for the team, so when he says he has "reliable sources" I'd tend to believe him.
NBA rules do not allow the announcement of significant transactions like a trade or coaching hire during the Finals so as not to distract from the league's premier annual event.
Yeah, right. Whatever.
Sources also said Thibodeau is trying to persuade Oklahoma City Thunder assistants Mo Cheeks and Ron Adams to join his staff in Chicago with holdover Pete Myers.
Thibodeau also is not expected to comment until the Finals concludes and under rules of the Celtics assistant coaches cannot do interviews with the media.