The Lakers reportedly sought permission from to interview Thibodeau, but they hired Byron Scott.
Jordan Shultz of Huffington Post:
Being told that the Lakers will be pursuing Tom Thibodeau. Byron Scott has just the one year left. Lakers would be paying four head coaches.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 20, 2015
If the Lakers do hire Thibs, that would be 3 head coaches on payroll, not four... My apologies.— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 21, 2015
But keep in mind how many people have incentive to leak this story – whether or not it’s true:
- Kobe could be trying to spark something. If Kobe wants to play for Thibodeau, creating unrest between Scott and Lakers management might be a good way to kick-start the process of switching coaches.
- The Lakers could be floating this story without truly intending to pursue Thibodeau as a way to appease Kobe.
- The Bulls could be trying to build a bidding war for compensation for Thibodeau, who’s still under contract with Chicago. The Pelicans and Magic are interested in the coach, but as New Orleans looks elsewhere, the Bulls lose leverage.
- And Thibodeau could be trying to drum up competition to increase his salary.