February 9, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau watches game action against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Would The Bulls Trade Tom Thibodeau To The Lakers?

Apr 27, 2014; Washington, DC, USA; Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau (R) argues a call with referee Rodney Mott (71) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter in game four of the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Verizon Center. The Wizards won 98-89. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

I mean, we’ve seen stranger things.

This probably has no real chance of happening; OK maybe a small one.

But it’s worth thinking about, or potentially drawing up a blueprint on how it’d hypothetically happen. I guess.

So, it all started when the Los Angeles Lakers played a little-too hard ball with Mike D’Antoni. He didn’t wanna bat, so he resigned.

Then followed the immense fairytale-like coaching candidates that the Lakers are “expected” to be interested in. Then surfaced the coaches that the Lakers would like to steal away from other teams (I’m not kidding). In that category, the most interesting hypothetical was Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

Though, in order for the Lakers to snag Thibodeau away from Chicago, they would need permission to actually, you know, talk to him. Something that the Bulls will have no interest in surrendering.

Then came a Bill Simmons prediction. On Twitter.

Wait, what???

Could it happen? Probably. I mean, if the Celtics traded Doc to LA, why can’t the Bulls trade Thibs to LA?

Because Lakers, right?

However, “will it happen” is an entirely different thing. Doc practically forced the Celtics to trade him to the Clippers. I don’t see any way in which Thibs will do that to Chicago. Plus, I just can’t see him leaving Derrick Rose, especially after all he’s been through during the past couple of seasons.

Not like this.

Nevertheless, Simmons’ prediction is no question great to talk about, but there’s no real substance to this hypothetical. The only fact that it’s based on is the whole basis that the Lakers always (ALWAYS) want to steal off other people’s plates.

If nothing else, it’s an idea. I guess.

PARTING SHOT: Imagine what a Thibodeau + Kobe practice would look like? Yikes.



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  • Leroy Boyd

    Yea this makes great news for the fans but who actually thinks the Bulls would trade Thibs to the Lakers? With this summer coming up and the Bulls having a chance to improve greatly by having Thibs remain as coach how could they even think about trading him since Melo has mention Thibs in certain forms this past season and I know the Bulls trading Thibs would not enhance their chances to acquire Melo.

    So being realistic what can the Lakers give the Bulls in a trade for Thibs? Do you think the Lakers are willing to give up this years lottery pick, next years 1st round take the contract of Boozer and give up nick young?

    To get Thibs its going to cost the Lakers everything but the Staples center and that might be asked for as well

    • Julie CzerwinWeaver

      Ugh, Leroy I hope we come back and let the other teams have it this next season, and lets hope Rose is prepared!

      • Leroy Boyd

        Dont let this season bother you its gone and we and the Bull players will return next season with a vengeance. I can recall the days before the Bulls won the 1st title in 91 how they had to build the team and each year losing in the playoffs and more than losing but losing to the pistons which the pistons had turned the games into mini football.

        Once we destroyed the pistons the winning started. now I see the same process coming with this team. Sure we are hurting, over the team season but I see a great pay back coming back next season for all the teams that have eliminated them over the last 6 years. That includes the Heat , 76ers, wiz, celtics and who ever else gets in the way.

        So I know you are like me still feeling down about the season being over but I am looking forward to the summer.

  • Julie CzerwinWeaver

    Can we get a damn team that appreciates Chicago for once?? Leave us the hell alone! If it isn’t owners actually teaming up to keep a player away now they are trying to take OUR HEAD COACH! Beat it L.A. and take Koby’s mouth with ya!


    The Lakers would be pretty dumb to trade a top draft pick for a coach that has a 43% winning percentage in the NBA playoffs.The Bulls have come up short once again because Thibs has drained them by season’s end. It’s an familiar story… good regular season, disappointing playoffs exit (for the third season in an row).