Another day, another rumor involving Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
This one comes courtesy of ESPN's Bill Simmons, who tweeted Monday about Memphis' potential desire in Thibodeau if Grizzlies head coach Dave Joerger is fired.
Hearing that, if the Grizz totally clean house, the Memphis owner will look to trade for Tom Thibodeau + give him an SVG/Pistons-type deal.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 19, 2014
The Grizzlies had a tumultuous day, as executive Stu Lash and CEO Jason Levien were let go, with multiple reports citing friction between Levien and team owner Robert Pera.
While Joerger remains in place for the time being (ditto for former ESPN writer John Hollinger, the analytics proponent and another team executive), former general manager Chris Wallace was installed in his old job, at least for the time being. Simmons speculated that the Grizzlies have interest in Thibodeau not only coaching, but running the franchise's basketball operations, similar to his close friend Doc Rivers with the Clippers and more recently, the role Detroit gave Stan Van Gundy last week.
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Simmons went on to add that if the Bulls were to accept compensation in a trade for Thibodeau — a first-round draft pick used to package in a potential deal for Timberwolves' All-Star power forward, Simmons opined — the organization would turn to Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as a replacement.
PS: Bulls need assets for a run at Kevin Love, an extra 1st round pick would help. They'd hire Fred Hoiberg if Thibs got traded. Stay tuned.— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) May 19, 2014
While Hoiberg would undoubtedly be on the Bulls' short list if Thibodeau were to depart, not only is it premature to assume the Bulls would be willing to make a deal with Memphis — let alone allow the Grizzlies permission to discuss an opening which doesn't yet exist with their coach — but it's hard to imagine Thibodeau being gung ho about joining what appears to be a dysfunctional situation, no matter his salary and responsibilities, not to mention one further away from championship contending status than his current job.
Although some observers believe that either the Bulls or Thibodeau himself should make a statement regarding the constant rumors — the coach has been linked to the Knicks, Warriors and Lakers prior to the latest round of speculation — until it's learned that a team actually makes an overture to the Bulls about pursuing the coach, it's a moot topic.