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What does the future hold for Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau?

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What does the future hold for Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau?

If Tom Thibodeau has coached his last game with the Bulls, as season-long rumors suggest, nobody has broken the news to him.

Following Thursday's season-ending loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, Thibodeau was asked if he expects to be back with the Bulls next season.

“Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here,” Thibodeau said.

Dating back to last year, reports surfaced of a rift between Thibodeau and the Bulls' front office. Thibodeau, the NBA Coach of the Year in 2011, has two years and nearly $9 million left on his current contract with the Bulls.

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And the likelihood of the 57-year-old Thibodeau on the bench with a different team next fall appears to be very high, according to ESPN's Mark Stein.

As one source close to the situation puts it: "Thibs is gone. They know it and he knows it."

Both the New Orleans Pelicans and Orlando Magic are expected to be leading suitors for Thibodeau's services. If the Bull don't fire Thibodeau outright, they could try to work out a trade with another club. The last NBA coach to be dealt was back in 2013 when the Boston Celtics sent Doc Rivers to the Boston Celtics for an unprotected 2015 first round draft selection, which will likely be the type of compensation the Bulls will be seeking in any trade of Thibodeau.

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If Thibodeau isn't back in Chicago next season, it won't be because the lack of support from his players.

“Me and Thibs really grew a relationship,” Derrick Rose said. "I don't mind him as a coach."

Added Taj Gibson: "I'm a big Tom Thibodeau supporter. Everybody in this locker room has gotten better from just being around him the last couple years."

For more reaction and discussion on Thibodeau's uncertain future in Chicago check out the video from Friday's Kap & Haugh Show below:

Bulls Talk Podcast: Kendall Gill on boxing broadcasting, debate over the East’s top team

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Bulls Talk Podcast: Kendall Gill on boxing broadcasting, debate over the East’s top team

On this edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill, and Kevin Anderson discuss Kendall’s broadcast career in boxing and the latest NBA news.

0:45 - Kendall on calling the Pacquiao fight

2:10 - On seeing Pacquiao up close and a new appreciation for his skill

4:05 - KG on his crossover in his 50+ basketball league and tagging Vincent Goodwill

6:18 - Reaction to Carlos Boozer getting cut his from his Big 3 team

8:40 - Kendall on Thad Young getting Team USA invite and why he’d decline it

12:18 - On Wendell Carter Jr passing on throwing out the first pitch at the White Sox game Monday night

13:50 - On Kyle Korver signing with the Bucks

15:20 - Debating who’s the favorite in the East: Bucks or Sixers?

19:30 - On Ricky O’Donnell and his quote on Arci and White

21:30 - Challenge of Boylen keeping his players happy with the rotation

22:30 - On Bulls bringing Shaq Harrison back and having 5 point guards

25:45 - Why stretching Felicio is unlikely at this point in the offseason

26:44 - On Tim Duncan becoming an assistant coach with the Spurs

30:20 - No Justin Holiday return to the Bulls

31:00 - On the Lakers signing Giannis’ younger brother

Listen to the entire podcast here or the embedded player below.

Bulls Talk Podcast

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Bulls forward Thaddeus Young invited to USA Basketball training camp for 2019 FIBA World Cup

Bulls forward Thaddeus Young invited to USA Basketball training camp for 2019 FIBA World Cup

Thaddeus Young could don one more different jersey before he hits the court with the Bulls for the first time.

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Young has been invited to participate in USA Basketball's training camp roster for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Team USA has seen several star NBA players withdraw their name for consideration from the team in recent days, including Wizards guard Bradley Beal and 76ers forward Tobias Harris. Thus, there is at least a small chance that Young makes the final roster, which would be the fourth-straight World Cup in which a Bull plays for Team USA

Derrick Rose donned the stars and stripes in both 2010 and 2014, following Kirk Hinrich in 2006 and Jay Williams in 2002. Perhaps Bulls guard Zach LaVine will be the next player to receive an invite?

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