Tom Thibodeau, Bulls Resume Extension Talks

After the Bulls elected to pick up coach Tom Thibodeau's contract option for 2012/13 rather than working out a long-term deal, the two sides have resumed talking about an extension, according to Nick Friedell of

While general manager Gar Forman has maintained that the Bulls have intended all along to lock Thibodeau up to a long-term extension, negotiations between the team and coach seemed to stall earlier in the summer. That was after a report surfaced in April suggesting that Thibodeau was unhappy with his contract situation, a story that both Thibodeau and Forman denied.

Thibodeau certainly seems to have proven worthy of a contract extension, leading the Bulls to a 50-16 record in 2011/12, best in the Eastern Conference, despite not having a healthy Derrick Rose for a good part of the season. Current Celtics coach Doc Rivers and former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who both had Thibodeau on their staffs at some point, have expressed a desire to see the Bulls coach sign an extension to remain in Chicago.

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