Mar 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Iowa State Cyclones head coach Fred Hoiberg during the first half against the Connecticut Huskies in the semifinals of the east regional of the 2014 NCAA Mens Basketball Championship tournament at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Chicago Bulls plan to hire Fred Hoiberg if Tom Thibodeau leaves

The Chicago Bulls have no plans of letting head coach Tom Thibodeau get scooped up by another team, but stranger things have happened and it appears the front office is bracing in case the worst comes to fruition. Thibodeau is their man, and he’s the best suited coach to lead the team in it’s current form, but should the Lakers, Timberwolves, Jazz or even the Warriors or Rockets come knocking, the Bulls are prepared to replace Thibodeau.

According to Tim Kawakami of the Bay Area News Group, should the Bulls — by some stroke of absolute weirdness — lose Thibodeau, they plan on making a hard run at Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg.

This, of course, is all continent on the nearly impossible scenario of the Bulls letting Thibs go, but we all thought it was crazy talk for the Clippers to think about acquiring Doc Rivers and it happened anyways. Thibodeau leaving Chicago would force the team to rebuild as it’s built in his image at the moment and run through his system alone.

Still, there has been friction in the front office and the trading of Luol Deng still stings Thibodeau. The lack of money allowed for free agents doesn’t help either as plenty of teams would hand the checkbook over to a responsible Thibodeau if it meant getting him the guys he needed rather than cheap guys he needs to mold.

Hoiberg has stated he wants to stay in Ames, but if the near-by Bulls come calling, it’s hard to see him saying no to that.

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  • Leroy Boyd

    All this speculation is just Bull Sh*t Thibs has no say so in if he can leave he is under contract for 3 more years. The Bulls have to agree to moving him furthermore if they decided to let him go do you think any team will meet their asking price?

    Ok Golden state are they willing to give up Thompson, Barnes and 2 first? Lakers what can they give the Bulls ,nothing they cant give up their round pick this year. And what players can get from the Lakers.

    I say Thibs speculation gives you guys something to throw out without even having to justify your article which is basically as much as some nitwit saying he can swim lake michigan buck naked and not get wet

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    I have a bad feeling…who is leaking this information? Why hasn’t Thibs or Gar came out and made a statement that he is NOT leaving? Is the front office not only leaking but letting Thibs look like a King of the Court so he doesn’t say anything negative about them if he goes? The Bulls have not given Thibs anything to work with, except Derrick getting hurt..and Thibs has been blamed for that.
    I believe, I hope, Thibs stays and the front office gives him something to work with this year and not rebuild with College Coach from Utah. Rebuild with Thibs, Noah and Rose with Miri come over. Its not fair to blame the coach when he has not been given anything to work with. I think that may be the reason the team is so worn down. But has Thibs given us anything in the post season but wore out players? Was he to stubborn to change things up when we were down? I just have a wired feeling…what do you think?


      Oh for God’s sake. Way to fall right into the trap. This is just speculation thrown at the wall by some moron that wasn’t bright enough to actually get a job as a reporter. Come on. Think. Until the teams actually ask the Bulls for “permission” there’s no reason to release an actual statement. Thibodeau is under contract, no team can negotiate with him as a result without Chicago’s permission. No one gives away a coach for free, least of all Reinsdorf (who has reservations about using the amnesty provision on Boozer). Also a coaches contract cannot be traded for players per the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Relax. Don’t Panic. This is all hype created by a “writer” that has to make a quota to keep his job.

      You might also want to recall that this same person wrote an blog post recently railing on Bulls fans, calling them “cry babies”. He has no loyalty, he’s just a kid pretending to be a “journalist”. Blogging is not journalism.

  • Brian Spaen

    Only correction I’d make in this article is the conclusion. It’s actually very easy to see Fred Hoiberg pass over any open NBA head coaching job at this juncture. His connection to Iowa State and this community is lost with national sportswriters and those that don’t follow this area. If he did make a jump, yes, the Bulls and Timberwolves are the major candidates because of connections and proximity. But anyone reading this could also win the lottery. It’s about those same odds.

    If the Bulls aren’t planning to back Tom Thibodeau, and they really think they’re going to get Fred Hoiberg, during this offseason, they’re going to be incredibly disappointed.

    • Leroy Boyd

      You dont even have to worry about the bulls calling on Fred. Please I am sure losing Thibs is not even an option but if they allowed it Fred would not be on the list of coaches the Bulls would want

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    Melo and Thibs have the agent..I am hearing Melo and Thibs may join Koby in LA.
    I cannot deal with this. I hope someone comes out and stops this rumor mill


      You’re panicking over nothing. Don’t be daft. Thibs is under contract. There’s no reason to put out a statement until someone contacts the Bulls. No one has.

    • Leroy Boyd

      come on now I have read and heard reports that the Bulls are saying nothing because the Lakers have not called the Bulls concerning Thibs. I also read that Reinsdorf has already said Thibs is under contract by that he meant if you smell Thibs we ard going to report you for tampering.

      • Julie CzerwinWeaver

        You were right the whole time Leroy! Kudos!

        • Leroy Boyd

          Where have you been? Its getting time for all out summer expectations so are you ready

          • Julie CzerwinWeaver

            Honestly, I hope we get another big to help Noah out in minutes. Houston just made a huge leap in Asik, who the Bulls let go for nothing. So, the Melo expectation is dwindling for me. What superstar would want to play with a goofy D. Howard though? That’s just me though. Do you think much will happen?? I am guessing on Mirotic coming over, that is about it. Cleveland is going to be quite interesting.

          • Leroy Boyd

            The Bulls already have that big in Greg Smith, he will shock you he is a monster and only 23 years old. A real physical player and in the mold ofvwhat Thibs wants his bigs to be like.

            Yea everybody is going to make moves if we had taken that Asik deal that Houston threw on the table we would have been in no position to get anyone of high quality. We would have been over the cap for a couple of years and the rules make it harder to acquire players and your tax levels go up big time.

            Yea I an expecting a lot to happen tonight and next werk starts the circus. I believe if we dont get Melo we are going after Love, Affalo and Mirotic and possible keeping a draft pick and stashing one in europe. Maybe even trading up for the 8th pick with Sac I cant wait for tonight. Its my birthday and I aint going anywhere its team improvement night and I dont want to miss anything

  • Michael Johnson

    this is complete dear abbey hogwash. why is it these so called writers have to make up stuff