When Tom Thibodeau was fired by the Bulls on May 28, it left the status of his top four assistants unknown. And while newly tabbed head coach Fred Hoiberg had interviews with three of Thibodeau's four assistants, there was expected turnover in the following months. Here's a look at where the four assistants will be (or won't be) coaching in 2015.
Ed Pinckney (2010-2015)
After five seasons with Thibodeau in Chicago, Pinckney was hired Sunday by the Denver Nuggets. He'll be the top assistant for Michael Malone, who was unceremoniously fired in Sacramento 24 games into his second season with the club. Pinckney, a defensive specialist, will do wonders for a Nuggets defense that ranked 26th in efficiency (105.5) and 27th in points per game allowed (105.0). Denver has plenty to improve upon before being considered something other than a lottery team, but young prospects Emmanuel Mudiay and Jusuf Nurkic give the team something to build around as they try to figure out the direction they'll take to rebuild the franchise. Pinckney will join Chris Fleming, Wes Unseld Jr., Micah Nori and Ryan Bowen on Malone's staff.
Andy Greer (2010-2015)
The only assistant who was not retained when Thibodeau was fired on May 28. Greer was hired by Thibodeau in 2010 after stints with the Knicks, Rockets, Grizzlies and Trail Blazers. He and Thibodeau coached together as assistants under Jeff Van Gundy in Houston. Greer has not been hired by an NBA team yet, though both Billy Donovan and the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dwayne Casey and the Toronto Raptors were considering him for an assistant spot.
Adrian Griffin (2010-2015)
One of the best young coaches in the NBA, Griffin spent time in Chicago as both a player (two stints) and assistant coach under Thibodeau. Next season he'll join Scott Skiles' staff in Orlando; Griffin played under Skiles during the 2004-05 and 2006-07 season. He'll be tasked with helping an extremely talented young core improve. That list of players includes Nikola Vucevic, Mario Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Tobias Harris, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon. Griffin was asked on Sirius XM Radio last month if he was surprised by Thibodeau's dismissal from Chicago. He responded: "I've been around this league awhile, nine years as a player, seven as an assistant coach. So nothing really surprises me in this league. And five years is a long time for a coach nowadays, so I believe that Tom did an unbelievable job of helping establish the culture of the Chicago Bulls and I believe Fred is going to take it to the next level. It's a great organization, great people, so I don't see any reason why it won't continue."
Mike Wilhelm (2002-present)
The lone member of Thibodeau's coaching staff who will remain with the team under Fred Hoiberg. Wilhelm has been in the Bulls organization since 2002, joining Bill Cartwright's staff as an assistant and advance scout. Wilhelm has been a part of four different coaching staffs - Carwright, Scott Skiles, Vinny Del Negro and Thibodeau - and will be joined on Hoiberg's staff by Jim Boylen and Pete Myers.