Mar 15, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells against the Sacremento Kings during the first half of their game at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Bulls to trade Tom Thibodeau to Lakers, hire Fred Hoiberg?

The Los Angeles Lakers are casting a wide net as they look to find their next head coach after Mike D’Antoni resigned on Wednesday night and one name being mentioned as a candidate is Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

The Bulls signed Thibodeau to a a four-year extension in 2012, but that hasn’t stopped whispers that Thibodeau and the team’s front-office are at odds, which as led to rumors the team could trade him much like the Los Angeles Clippers did for Doc Rivers last season when they traded a 2015 first-round pick to the Boston Celtics.

ESPN’s Bill Simmons thinks Thibodeau is this year’s Rivers and that the Lakers will deal for the Bulls head coach and then Chicago will hire former Bulls player and current Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.

Would the Bulls take a first-round pick for their head coach? They would if it was this year’s pick that could be in the top-five, but perhaps not if it was a future one. Secondly, losing Thibodeau may hurt their chances of signing Carmelo Anthony in free agency.

Hoiberg has been mentioned in connection with the Minnesota Timberwolves vacancy, but seems comfortable at his alma mater, so that may be the bigger longshot than Thibodeau actually being dealt.

If nothing else, this makes for an interesting rumor and one worth monitoring now that the Bulls have been eliminated from the playoffs.

Tags: Chicago Bulls Fred Hoiberg Iowa State Cyclones Lo Angeles Lakers Tom Thibodeau

  • Leroy Boyd

    I think any further talking about Thibs the Lakers have been warned by the Bulls that Thibs is under contract. Do the lakers chance that?

  • Leroy Boyd

    do you actually believe that? I have read nothing to say the Bulls are willing to trade Thibs and hire Hoiberg this not credible reporting nothing but pure speculation at its highest

  • Leroy Boyd

    The Bulls will trade Thibs to the Lakers for a future 1st round yea and I have anglie Jolie cooking my dinner


    This is pure B.S. (speculation) and has no place on sports reporting. Who at the Bulls organization or the Lakers has hinted or stated that this is even a real conversation?


    I will continue to read your column only of you Sore credible sources. I’ve had enough “buzz” reports already. The news will create itself….you just stay on top of it. Don’t try to create news it will kill your credibility.

  • Charles Chitown Jackson

    Next year’s lineup Noah,Gibson,Anthony,Butler,Rose and Thibs ! Carmelo doesnt have to play defense ……… wbich he doesnt anyway…

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    Rose is coming back, that 20 points a game. Hopefully at full potential than only Lebron can guard him–remember playoffs.
    Wtih that said, Thibs will finally have a team that he trusts. If he needs to limit his players minutes than Gar will discuss that with him. Lets not jump the boat and think the top 3 coach in the NBA is leaving…….I hope not :(
    IF Rose was playing this year, we wouldn’t be discussing this. I don’t think he will leave without coaching Rose one more year.
    HOwever, I watched the interview. NOAH’s favorite memory about Thibs is last summer at workout he told Thib’s if they hadn’t won so many games he would hate him.–FACT–Thib’s said, “Feelings mutual.

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    It’s all over news. The Chicago Tribune is talking, they have good sources, Van Gundy was talking on Waldo and Silvy the other morning and frankly Van Gundy was fired up wondering whose camp is leaking this information. ESPN is reporting it, Comcast Chicago need is reporting it, the Bleacher Report and Chicago Sun Times..need I go on.?
    I am a huge Bulls fan, no one can discredit that if u read articles, I google Bulls articles before college work. The news is out of control and it needs to be shut down. Thibs loves that teams want him. The front office or his camp needs to shut this down!!! I want to hear about who we are getting to make our team better this summer!! I don’t want to hear Koby Love and Melo are heading with Thibs to LA