Tom Thibodeau is more than likely going to have a new NBA job next season. Although the 57-year-old has guided the Bulls’ to five-straight playoff appearances, there is a lot of friction between the front-office and most don’t expect him back. Similarly, several teams are on the market for a new coach – New Orleans Pelicans and the Orlando Magic, who could be looking to woo Thibs with a boatload of cash. Via Gery Woelfel of Journal Times:
In the last couple of weeks, there have been whispers that the vacant Orlando job is Thibodeau’s for the taking. In the last couple of days, there has been chatter that the Magic will make Thibodeau an extremely lucrative offer, one that could make him perhaps the highest-paid coach in the game.
Two NBA officials said they heard the Magic will be willing to pay Thibodeau anywhere from $7 million to $9 million annually. What’s more, they said Thibodeau will be accorded extensive input on basketball-oriented decisions.