Player News - Bulls

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Tom Thibodeau is reportedly not interested in coaching the Pelicans, Nuggets or Magic.

Thibodeau reportedly believes that Anthony Davis will eventually leave the Pelicans, making that job a far less enticing opportunity. At this stage, this report feels more like a rumor than anything, so it'll be interesting to see if it holds true. Thibs shouldn't have much trouble securing his next head coaching gig, but after all the drama that he went through with the Bulls, he may elect to go on a one year hiatus from the coaching scene.
May 29 - 9:22 AM

At least three Bulls starters ripped coach Tom Thibodeau in their exit interviews and said they'd avoid team facility this summer if he were still there, according to Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago.

Let the guessing game begin. Pau Gasol has been a class act for his entire NBA career, so he's the least likely of the five. Of course, the term "ripped" could be translated loosely here. The bottom line is this drama is over and the Bulls and Thibodeau will likely have to face each other next season.
May 28 - 9:24 PM

Bulls' GM Gar Forman stated during Thursday's press conference that Chicago will begin their head coaching search Thursday night, and the process will carry into the weekend.

Currently the Chicago's head coaching vacancy is Fred Hoiberg's for the taking, but it remains to be seen if Hoiberg is interested in coaching at the NBA level. Forman said that the Bulls are looking for the "right fit," and someone who has "excellent communication skills," which is a subtle shot at Tom Thibodeau as communication was a documented problem during his time in Chicago. The Bulls also fired Thib's assistant, Andy Greer on Thursday, so there won’t be many remnants of Thibodeau in Chicago when all is said and done.
May 28 - 3:59 PM

Tom Thibodeau has been informed by the Bulls that he will not be retained as the team's head coach.

This isn't Earth-shattering news as Thibodeau has been rumored to be on his way out for quite some time now. "I appreciate the contributions that Tom Thibodeau made to the Bulls organization," Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a team statement. "I have always respected his love of the game and wish him well in the future." Thibodeau will now jump to the front of the line as the most sought after free agent head coach, so we'll his status updated as things could move very quickly.
May 28 - 12:24 PM

The Bulls players have been told coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't be back next season, according to Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

This isn't a surprise and we're just waiting to see how it will unfold. Additionally, this report says the Pelicans and Magic have shown interest in Scott Skiles and Jeff Van Gundy to help induce the Bulls letting Thibodeau go.
May 27 - 5:39 PM

The Bulls are "giving increasing consideration" to firing coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Thibodeau has $9 million left on his contract in the next two seasons, but the Bulls may not have to pay the whole amount when Thibs finds a new job. Earlier this week, there was a rumor of the Bulls waiting for all the current head-coaching vacancies to be filled. Whatever the case, this story won't be going away any time soon.
Source: ESPN
May 27 - 3:55 PM

The Bulls seem determined to let all three open coaching jobs get filled and then let coach Tom Thibodeau go.

It's no secret that the Bulls and Thibodeau are not on the same page. The Lakers have also appeared to be after Thibs. This latest report makes sense because the Bulls will seek some extra leverage and may try to get a draft pick out of losing one of the NBA's best coaches.
May 25 - 5:31 PM

Derrick Rose vowed to push himself harder than he ever has before this offseason.

"I'm healthy. I'm going into this [offseason] with a game plan, certain things to work on," said Rose. "I feel like I'm going to push myself the hardest I ever pushed myself in my career and just see where it takes me for the beginning of next year." It's nice that Rose was finally able to put together a healthy playoff run after spending the past three postseason's on the sidelines. However, his lowly field goal percentage (40.5), limited contributions to the defensive categories (0.7 steals), lengthy injury history, and high turnover rate (3.2 turnovers per game) will make him a tough guy to target in next year's fantasy drafts.
Source: ESPN
May 21 - 5:30 PM

Mitch Kupchak said that there was nothing to the rumors that the Lakers organization is reportedly interested in bringing on Tom Thibodeau as a head coach next season.

"I saw something about that this morning, and my first thought was, ‘Let me call Byron [Scott] and let him know that the agents are doing their job, and pay no attention,’" said Kupchak. "Not that I think Byron reads any of that stuff, but someone may call him and say ‘Hey, guess what I just read?’ Nothing to it. We’re incredibly happy with Byron." It sounds like this story was put out there by Thibodeau's camp, trying to drum up interest for the soon to be ex-head coach of the Bulls. Bulls' beat reporter K.C. Johnson also said that Orlando's interest in Thibodeau has been overstated, according to his sources.
Source: NBC Sports
May 21 - 3:23 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers will reportedly pursue Tom Thibodeau, according to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott is still under contract for one more year, but the chance to land Thibodeau may lead to the Lakers to buying out his final year. While there will be competition for Thibs' services, the Lakers would be paying four head coaches (Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Scott, and Thibodeau) if this scenario comes to fruition.
May 21 - 9:27 AM

Derrick Rose was affected negatively by Jimmy Butler producing his offense on Rose's side of the floor, according to Dan Bernstein of CBS Chicago.

"Sources describe a passive-aggressive reaction from Rose that was the culmination of tensions building in recent weeks with Butler’s emergence as a primary scorer," the report said. "Butler is very aware that he won his bet on himself and is poised to reap the reward of a maximum contract from the Bulls, whether or not it takes an offer sheet from another club in restricted free agency this summer." During media interviews, Rose has been pretty stoic, so it's tough to completely buy into this scenario. Regardless, expect Butler to be with Rose next season.
Source: CBS Chicago
May 18 - 5:42 PM

The Bulls have Fred Hoiberg atop their board to replace Tom Thibodeau as head coach, sources told CBS Sports.

Chicago doesn't want to let Thibodeau walk without having a replacement in place, and Hoiberg has been the rumored top name for several months now. Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry is also in the mix, but Hoiberg could probably walk into the United Center and into Thibodeau's office if he wanted to considering how much the Bulls want him. It may drag out for a little while, but Thibodeau will eventually be out in Chicago. As an aside, the Magic are reportedly prepared to pay Thibs $7-$9 million annually to be their head coach if he becomes available.
Source: CBS Sports
May 18 - 9:23 AM

According to the Chicago Tribune, Taj Gibson's name could come up in trade talks.

Gibson is no stranger to trade rumors thanks to his reasonable contract and his ability on both ends of the floor, so this isn't too surprising. This is purely speculation right now, but the Bulls will seemingly have to make some moves to avoid the luxury tax with Jimmy Butler likely to receive a max contract. Pau Gasol and Joakim Noah are pretty much locked in as the starting frontcourt for next season, and the emergence of Nikola Mirotic would likely make it easier for the Bulls to part ways with Gibson. We will be monitoring this story very closely this summer.
May 17 - 11:18 AM

Derrick Rose said that his body feels good and that he is ready to get back to work this summer.

"I wouldn't say I played my best but I played very well sometimes," Rose said. "It's all about being consistent and staying in the gym and preparing myself. That's one thing I think I did well was prepare myself for every game, even though I didn't always perform the way I want to perform. My body felt good. So it's all about just going back in the lab this summer and putting my game back together and see where it takes me." Rose finished the postseason with averages of 20.3 points, 6.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.9 three-pointers per game, but he was very inefficient and will have his work cut out for him this summer. His injury history will make him a tough player to target in fantasy drafts.
May 17 - 10:33 AM

Nazr Mohammed said that he plans on playing next season and is confident that a team will pick him up.

He will be entering his 18th season in the league, but the veteran likely feels that he could be a valuable addition to a contender. Mohammed averaged just 1.2 points and 1.7 boards in 23 regular-season appearances for the Bulls, so he would likely have a very limited role regardless of where he lands. In case it isn't obvious, Mohammed is not on the fantasy radar.
May 16 - 12:50 PM

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