You knew it was coming; Boston’s defense has been too good for too long, and with its re-emergence as a dominant force in the last two weeks, Thibodeau’s stock has never been higher.
The news comes via the New Orleans Times Picayune:
After completing an extensive head coaching search that involved interviewing eight candidates, the New Orleans Hornets are expected to extend Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau a contract offer later this week to become their next head coach, league sources confirmed Monday night.
There is no indication yet whether Thibodeau will accept. The Chicago Bulls have asked the Celtics for permission to interview him for their vacancy, and he also is a candidate for the New Jersey Nets’ job.
Thibs is one of the highest paid assistants in the league, with a salary that reportedly tops $1 million. The C’s can’t really offer him much more, aside from the head job if the event Doc leaves the team.