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More reports of an eventual Thibodeau-Bulls split appear

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More reports of an eventual Thibodeau-Bulls split appear

Last week a report from Bleacher Report's Ric Bucher stated that third parties connected with Tom Thibodeau already were exploring options for next season.

Now another report has surfaced from a reputable outlet regarding Thibodeau's unclear future with the Bulls.

According to Grantland's Zach Lowe, "people close to Thibodeau are convinced the Bulls will fire him after this season, though the front office has always played down the tiff in terse public statements."

Lowe cites the ongoing battle between Thibodeau and the Bulls front office regarding playing time, minutes, and the firing of assistant Ron Adams -- not to mention management dealing Luol Deng last season.

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Thibodeau, who finished seventh in Coach of the Year voting this season, would surely have a list of suitors. The Magic, Nuggets and Thunder all are looking for head coaches, with more potentially on the way.

If Thibodeau does part ways with Chicago he wouldn't be out of a job long.

Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Zach LaVine gets no respect

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Bulls Outsiders Podcast: Zach LaVine gets no respect

On this edition of the Bulls Outsiders podcast, Matt Peck, Dave Watson, and John Sabine react to the week in the NBA and ‘list’ season.

1:45 - On Sports Illustrated top 100 NBA players list and the Bulls players, LaVine disrespect

13:10 - Which recent draft class would have the best starting five?

22:30 - Would Iman Shumpert be a good fit for the Bulls?

32:55 - Matt Peck goes on a rant that involves Wade+Melo

34:45 - Dave gives his top 5 PG’s of all-time

Listen to the full episode in the embedded player below:

NBA G League to introduce new, $100K prize tournament

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NBA G League to introduce new, $100K prize tournament

The NBA G League is introducing a new tournament format for their premier showcase games, starting in the 2019-20 season. 

The 2019 NBA G League Winter Showcase will take place December 19-22 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center and it will feature all 28 teams in the league, with the winning squad taking home a $100,000 prize. 

Under the re-brand, the NBA G League Winter Showcase will see the teams seeded No. 1 through 28, with the top four seeds receiving a bye and advancing straight to the Championship Bracket. The remaining 24 teams will get placed into six separate four-team brackets. All games played at the Winter Showcase will count against G League regular-season records.

For a league full of players fighting for NBA attention and ultimately, (NBA) dollars, the $100,000 prize is sure to add a decent amount of motivation. Last season more than 60 players received Gatorade call-ups (to the NBA) during or right after the showcase games. 

The Bulls know quite a bit about the talent that can be found at the NBA G League Winter Showcase.

Last season the Bulls signed guard Brandon Sampson to a Two-Way contract following a breakout performance at the 2018 G League Showcase for the Rio Grande Vipers.

Sampson averaged 17.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.0 assists through 18 G League games for the Vipers before signing his Two-Way deal with the Bulls and gaining 214 minutes of NBA experience over 14 games. 

The new tournament format for the Winter Showcase will make for an exciting spectacle to for hardcore basketball fans and will add a great layer of intrigue to what is already the best in-season scouting event for NBA scouts interested in the G League.