Tue 19/05/2015 - 20:36 EDT

Tom Thibodeau Favored To Be Next Pelicans Coach

Tom Thibodeau Favored To Be Next Pelicans Coach

Tom Thibodeau is one of the best coaches in the NBA and a defensive guru. He has a 255-139 record in five seasons with the Chicago Bulls and led the team to the playoffs each year. However, he and management have been at odds for a while and there are complaints that Thibs runs his players too hard and plays them too many minutes. Thus it's all but a given that he is not Chicago's coach next season despite two years left on his contract.

Thibs In Demand

So where might Thibodeau land? Bovada has props on him and the next coach in New Orleans after the Pelicans fired Monty Williams last week. Those props are intertwined because Thibodeau is the even-money favorite to be the next New Orleans coach. Thibs reportedly wants the job and the chance to coach young superstar Anthony Davis, whom Thibodeau coached with Team USA last summer. But the Pelicans may not be willing to meet his high asking price -- plus the Bulls want something for letting Thibs out of his contract. There is sentiment within the New Orleans organization that there is no need to offer compensation because the Bulls could fire Thibodeau anyway.

‘‘Until they tell me I’m not, I expect to be here,’’ Thibodeau said after the Bulls’ playoff run came to an end Thursday against the Cavaliers in Cleveland. ‘‘That’s the way I approach it.’’

Thibodeau would have a veteran team coming back (likely without free agent-to-be Mike Dunleavy), still would be coaching in the weaker Eastern Conference and would have Derrick Rose at full strength next season. If the Bulls do make a coaching change, Thibodeau could be content taking a year off, collecting his $4 million-plus from the Bulls and waiting for 2016 openings.

Taking over the Orlando Magic is 5/2, and remaining with the Bulls appears to be the long shot at 3/1. Thibodeau is 4/1 to end up anywhere else and 5/1 to not coach at all. The Magic fired Jacque Vaughn in February after a 15-37 start to the season and replaced him with an interim head coach. Reports are the  Magic would pay Thibs somewhere between $7 million and $9 million to make him one of the NBA's highest-paid coaches while also giving him some say in personnel matters.

Pelicans Other Candidates

After Thibodeau, the favorite for the New Orleans  job is Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry at +150. New Orleans president Mickey Loomis and general manager Dell Demps flew to San Francisco to chat with Gentry on Monday. Gentry is selling the idea of bringing an offensive system to New Orleans that would benefit star Anthony Davis, in part the way he did for NBA MVP Stephen Curry under Steve Kerr with the Warriors.

How about Kentucky's John Calipari? He coached Davis and New Orleans guard Tyreke Evans in college. Coach Cal taking the job is +500. However, Calipari took to Twitter to state his desire to stay put after NOLA.com reported earlier Tuesday that Calipari was interested in the Pelicans' job. Calipari recently agreed to an extension that keeps him under contract at Kentucky through the 2021-22 season. He makes roughly $8 million per year with the Wildcats.

The rest of the New Orleans list: Mark Jackson (+600), Scott Brooks (+750) and Mike Malone (+1200).

Category : Betting Picks

Tag : nba odds , new orleans pelicans coach , tom thibodeau pelicans

More articles...
Betting Picks - 29/03/23
Robeisy Ramirez heavy favorite to beat Isaac Dogboe 

Boxing hosts yet another fantastic fight in the featherweight division when Robeisy Ramirez and Isaac Dogboe go head-to-head in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma this weekend. There will be great action as the two fighters look to claim the vacant WBO Featherweight title in the fight, with Ramirez coming into the fight […]

Betting Picks - 28/03/23
Houston Astros favorites to win 2023 World Series 

The Major League Baseball season is almost upon us once again, after a brilliant campaign last year saw the Houston Astros claim their second World Series title. They claimed victory over the Philadelphia Phillies to top off a stunning season, but this season now they will have a host of contenders competing with them trying to wrestle the crown from […]

Betting Picks - 23/03/23
Cleveland Cavaliers favorites to beat Brooklyn Nets 

The NBA is beginning to enter the business end of the season and we're about to see two sides vying for the playoffs go head-to-head as the Cleveland Cavaliers take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. The two teams actually clashed earlier this week in the same venue, and it was the Cavaliers who came […]

Betting Picks - 22/03/23
Soccer picks MLS Week 5: LA FC favorites to beat FC Dallas 

The MLS season is underway and teams are already beginning to separate themselves from pretenders and contenders after just four games. This weekend in the Western Conference we'll see two of the top teams from last season go head-to-head early on in this campaign to try and get a steal over their rivals, as Los Angeles […]