Thibodeau's Value

It sucks when you are stuck watching other teams or reading ridiculous internet rumors. It's unlikely that Thibodeau will go to the Lakers. But it does raise the question, what is Thibodeau's value?


  • 62 win season, 2 1st seeds with Rose
  • 48 win season without Rose and Deng
  • Helped Deng and Noah develop into All-Stars
  • Gibson has continued to improve
  • Creates a winning culture
  • Excellent defensively
  • Respected by players
  • Nice contributions by role players


  • More playoffs losses than victories
  • Expects players to play heavy minutes, perhaps leading to extra fatigue in playoffs and end of games
  • Even with Rose, the Bulls were never a great offensive team
Thibodeau has many more advantages than disadvantages. He's one of the top coaches in the league. He's signed for three more seasons. Still, Thibodeau does not actually play. He won't hit any game winners. The Bulls should certainly trade him for Durant or James, so there is some level of compensation he's worth.

The Lakers are lined up to pick 6th and have as much of a 25% chance of moving up on May 20th. The Lakers will send their 2015 to Phoenix so they can't trade the pick outright unless the Bulls send back #19. The Lakers also don't have a second round pick this season.

If the Lakers were willing to trade picks without protecting it, then the Bulls would have to consider it. It's quite possible that this would weaken the team in the short-term. It would make it harder to acquire Anthony. But Noah, Gibson and Rose would also likely create an environment for a talented teenager to grow. Adding the 6th pick and Mirotic would give the team more depth even before adding another veteran mid-level exception sized contract. With a decent coach (perhaps Mark Jackson) they'd be a dark horse contender and have a better long term future.

Part of the calculus has nothing to do with Thibodeau of course. Can they depend on Rose to recover and be at least an All-Star? If not, they're better off selling Thibodeau and adding young talent.

Still, it's a little too early to give up on Rose and if he's on track to play for team USA we can hope that he'll remove knock off rust in Spain. Should that be the last time that Thibodeau coaches him?

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