Even if the Washington Wizards want Tom Thibodeau, they may not have everything the ex-Bulls coach wants.
We're not talking about players, but power. After his dismissal from Chicago in 2015 after five impressive seasons, Thibodeau is "pursuing the Minnesota Timberwolves’ president of basketball operations and coaching job because of his determination to have full control of an organization," league sources told The Vertical.
This level of power would allow Thibodeau to select his own general manager. Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld holds that control in Washington and will lead the coaching search.
The report states that Thibodeau would consider other jobs even without full control, "but his preference is clearly to have it." Washington and Houston are mentioned as organizations that have checked in with the defensive-minded coach, but aren't offering full control.
Minnesota, considered a hot opening because of the roster's young talent, could end up offering Thibodeau around $7 million per season for both jobs.
Milt Newton, a former member of Washington's front office under Grunfeld, is the current Timberwolves general manager.
No doubt the Wizards would have to give Thibodeau a close look. However, his no-nonsense, minutes-heavy approach is rather similar to what Washington had with Randy Wittman, who was fired last week after the Wizards didn't reach the postseason for the first time in three seasons.
Former Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks is often mentioned as leading choice for Washington. That sentiment remains, according to an ESPN report.
The Wizards, meanwhile, remain in pole position in the chase for Scotty Brooks with the Rockets still engaged in a playoff series
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The Wizards don't have to rush, but competition for candidates will grow as more teams are eliminated from the playoffs. The Brooklyn Nets filled their opening Sunday by hiring Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson.