When Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau hits the open market, he’ll be as coveted as the top available free agents.
Some have even suggested that Thibodeau, dealing with a re-tooling roster, may attempt to force his way out of his contract to take a job with the New York Knicks this offseason. But Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times says that’s not happening and the rift between Thibodeau and general manager Gar Forman has settled down in recent weeks.
‘‘The fact that the Bulls gave Tom a chance to be head coach after 100 years as an assistant carries weight with him,’’ a league source close to Thibodeau said in December.
How much weight? Enough that he’ll ride out at least the next few years of his current contract.
The idea of Thibodeau leaving the Bulls mid-contract was relatively silly in the first place, but it sounds as if the chances of such happening are nearly equal to none.
The Bulls, despite a depleted roster after injury and trade, still have a relatively respectable 17-19 record and sit in the sixth position of the Eastern Conference.