Tom Thibodeau could have easily been Coach of the Year in both of his years coaching the Chicago Bulls. However, it was not meant to be. The Bulls looked like a favorite to win the title until Derrick Rose blew out his knee, which led to a Bulls first round exit. Thibodeau wants a long term contract but it seems like the Bulls aren’t so willing to oblige.
And while Tom Thibodeau’s contract extension talks have been ongoing for awhile, significant work remains, according to sources with knowledge of the discussions.
While one source warned the lack of a deal is typical for this stage of negotiations, it’s impossible not to see parallels with the Scott Skiles’ situation from June 2005. Thibodeau’s option for 2012-13 has been picked up. However, after progress on an extension preceding last season, the two sides lately have stalled on contract length and value.
The Bulls are notorious for not paying coaches a lot of money. That is just one of the frustrating things about the franchise. I would expect that they try to wrap a deal with Tom Thibodeau before the end of the season, but it could be unlikely. Thibs kind of hurt his value by having Rose get hurt. Many felt that Rose should have not been in the game when he got hurt.
I hope that the two sides can come together on a contract. The Bulls would simply not be the Bulls if Thibs left for another job.