Chicago Bulls Job is Fred Hoiberg’s ‘If He Wants It’

Rumors have been swirling about Iowa State Cyclones head coach and former NBA shooter Fred Hoiberg potentially heading to the NBA to replace Tom Thibodeau as coach of the Chicago Bulls, and now it appears that those rumors could hold some water. Speaking to CBS Chicago, Yahoo Sports basketball insider Adrian Wojnarowski offered more on the topic.

“The job will be Fred Hoiberg’s if he wants it,” Wojnarowski said. “There’s not going to be any competition for him. Now, it’s conceivable that Fred Hoiberg decides to stay at Iowa State, but if they make a change and Tom Thibodeau is out, Fred Hoiberg is really the only candidate for this job from the Bulls perspective. But that doesn’t guarantee that he’s going to do it. I know he’s already had to give it thought because it’s real.”

Hoiberg spent four of his 10 years in the NBA playing for Chicago, so perhaps some sort of reunion with the team has been in the back of his mind. On top of that, he was a VP of Basketball Operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to taking the Iowa State job, so it’s not as though the professional ranks are foreign waters to him.

On top of that, Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune offered some insight, courtesy of ISU AD Jamie Pollard.

Granted, this is all speculative at this point, as Thibodeau has yet to be fired from the Bulls and Hoiberg has been quiet about plans for his future. The man has turned Iowa State from pretenders into contenders, and owns a 115-56 record in five seasons in Ames while also coming off back-to-back Big 12 Championships.

Then there’s Thibodeau, who has done quite well in Chicago despite a tendency to stumble in the playoffs. His regular season mark of 255-139 across five years make him the best coach Chicago has seen since Phil Jackson and the Jordan Era, so maybe Bulls management will take a step back and assess that before pulling the trigger on his fate.

Thus, while the path is laid for Hoiberg to leave Ames and take over as coach of the Chicago Bulls, nothing is truly set in stone at this point. Thibodeau has yet to be fired, and Hoiberg has kept mum on what he may do if the opportunity arises, despite what others say he wants to do.

Just the same, this is a story to watch and Campus Sports will update it as more information becomes available.

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