Tom Thibodeau ‘Fine’ with Contract Status
Tom Thibodeau insisted after Friday night’s win over Detroit that he’s “fine” with his contract status and isn’t concerned the Chicago Bulls still haven’t picked up his option for next season.
ESPN.com’s Marc Stein reported earlier Friday afternoon that “Thibodeau associates privately insist the NBA’s reigning Coach of the Year is dismayed he hasn’t been offered a more lucrative extension after signing a modest two-year contract with a team option when he joined the Bulls.”
The Bulls long have maintained that Thibodeau’s option will be picked up eventually, but Stein reported Thibodeau’s displeasure with the fact that the Bulls haven’t reworked his contract after he became the fastest coach in league history to win 100 games earlier this season is an open secret in team circles, according to sources close to the situation.
The Chicago Tribune, quoting team sources, subsequently reported Friday night on its website that “Thibodeau has raised the topic — his lack of an extension — with Bulls players.”
Thibodeau, however, tried to downplay any notion of his discontent after the Bulls’ 83-71 home win over the Pistons.
“I don’t know where that’s coming from,” Thibodeau said. “I’m not worried about any of that stuff. I’m under contract. I’m fine with everything here.”