SEPTEMBER 6TH: Scalabrine has turned down an offer to coach on the Bulls' staff, instead opting to call Celtics games for Comcast Sports New England this season, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. Scalabrine tells Wojnarowski that he hasn't officially retired as a player, but admits he received "zero" interest from NBA teams this summer. The 34-year-old also hasn't ruled out the possibility of playing overseas later in the season (Twitter links).
AUGUST 28TH: We heard earlier this month that 34-year-old free agent Brian Scalabrine, who spent the last two seasons with the Bulls, was desperate to continue his NBA playing career. It would appear that he has not received the type of interest he was hoping for, as CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam is reporting (via Twitter) that Scalabrine is close to returning to the Bulls as a coach.
Scalabrine had opportunities to play in Europe and an offer to do some TV work for the Celtics, but the 11-year veteran appears to prefer a chance to get into coaching, something he has expressed interest in before. Scalabrine saw his playing time drop drastically as a member of the Bulls, where he averaged less than five minutes per game. It would appear, however, that Scalabrine's veteran prensence was enough to convince head coach Tom Thibodeau to bring him aboard.
Scalabrine would take the place of Rick Brunson on Thibodeau's staff. Brunson joined the Bobcats bench earlier this offseason.