Doc Rivers has been linked to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of the blockbuster deal that will probably not happen, and he could also consider resuming his broadcasting career next season. If Rivers was to leave the TD Garden sidelines, one thing is certain — former Celtics associate head coach, and current Chicago Bulls head coach, Tom Thibodeau, would not be a candidate for the job.
According to Chicago Sun-Times, there is no way that the Bulls would let go of Thobodeau:
Early Sunday afternoon, there were whispers that if the Boston Celtics trade coach Doc Rivers in a package to the Los Angeles Clippers, Thibodeau would be on the radar as a possible replacement. But an NBA source indicated Sunday evening that the Celtics would not pursue Thibodeau because they know the Bulls would not grant permission to speak to the former Celtics associate head coach.
“He’s loved in Boston, but he’s loved a little more by Chicago,’’ the source said.
This is really no surprise, as Thibodeau has done a great job as the Bulls head coach. While he might be playing his starters too many minutes, he has turned the Bulls into an excellent defensive team.
Another reason why the rumors didn’t really make sense was the fact that Thibodeau would be an expensive option. If Rivers was to leave the team this summer, the Celtics would undoubtedly start rebuilding, and wasting money on a coach like Thibodeau when a roster is not capable of championship contention would not be a particularly smart move.