The Chicago Bulls are having to continuously hear about how their head coach may be leaving to head to another team as Tom Thibodeau’s name has come up almost on a daily basis thanks to the insanely depressed NBA head coaching market. But while his name has been kicked around for the jobs in Los Angeles, New York and even jobs like Indiana, Oklahoma City and Houston that are still filled, one team has entered the discussion when they really probably shouldn’t have in the first place.
This past week saw reports that the Memphis Grizzlies were interested in getting in on possibly trading for Tom Thibodeau but those dreams might be short lived. According to Mitch Lawrence from the New York Daily News, any hopes that that the Grizzlies have for replacing Dave Joerger with Tom Thibodeau are laughable at best.
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As Lawrence points out, the compensation and the cost to acquire Thibs from the Bulls is just too excessive for the Grizzlies to be able to realistically fathom matching. They’re pining for second round compensation from the Minnesota Timberwolves to rid themselves of Dave Joerger and Thibodeau would command not only a large salary but also significant compensation in return to Chicago.
It could happen, but the chances are unbelievably low that the Grizzlies would be able to acquire Thibodeau in a trade and Chicago’s unwillingness to move him should be the first clue to solving that mystery.