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Although it’s not yet official, it’s clear Bulls management doesn’t want
Vinny Del Negro as the head coach of the team any longer. It’s only a
matter of when — not if — the change will be made.
The more intriguing question is, who will replace Del Negro? Do the
Bulls go with another young, inexperienced coach to bond with a young
roster, or do they look for a more veteran coach to bring some
experience to the bench?
Former NBA coach of the year Byron Scott said he wouldn’t hang up the
phone on the Chicago Bulls if they call him this offseason about a
Vinny Del Negro, who has led the Bulls to playoff appearances in his two
seasons in Chicago, has another year left on his contract, but it’s
widely speculated that Del Negro will be let go as soon as the season is
over. The Bulls trail the Cleveland Cavaliers 2-0 in the Eastern
The growing rift between coach Vinny Del Negro and team management —
namely executive vice president John Paxson and general manager Gar
Forman — was bound to become a major issue when the season ended but
was pushed to the forefront Tuesday by a Yahoo! Sports report.
Monday is deadline for players to be eligible for NBA playoffs
The trade deadline passed, but that doesn’t mean rosters are set.
Monday is the deadline for teams to sign players who will be eligible for playoff action.
At 25-26, the Bulls’ record is three games better than last season’s after 51 games.
However, this season could feature a trade based more on saving money than salvaging a season.
Last season’s bold acquisition of Brad Miller and John Salmons
rejuvenated the Bulls, led to a 17-11 finish and, of course, the
stirring seven-game playoff loss to the Celtics.
This year, Salmons, Kirk Hinrich or Tyrus Thomas could be moved for
anonymous, non-impact players whose best attribute is their expiring
CBSSports.com Senior Writer
At the United Center in mid-December, when the Bulls were busy going
through the motions in losses to the Celtics and Lakers, it appeared to
me that Vinny Del Negro knew. He knew it was only a matter of time.
On the same day Pacers president Larry Bird supported embattled coach
Jim O’Brien, Bulls management declined to address Vinny Del Negro’s
future as speculation continues to swirl.
That left Del Negro, who matches wits against O’Brien on Tuesday, to
fend for himself after an ESPN.com report claiming the Bulls contacted
Doug Collins recently about the coaching position.
atching the Bulls dish out a season-high 28 assists with Kirk Hinrich
starting at the two-guard for the first time this season, I couldn’t
help but wonder if the Bulls will try to go all-in on free-agency by
trading John Salmons.
Salmons hasn’t played as well as the Bulls hoped and scored just 3
points off the bench in Saturday’s win over New Orleans. That’s not
even the biggest issue, though. Salmons has an option to terminate the
final year of his contract, worth $6.7 million, next summer.
The Bulls’ 118-83 loss Wednesday night to the Hawks at Philips Arena
will do nothing to quiet the disgruntled fans asking for Vinny Del
That’s nine losses in 10 games, seven of them blowouts and one to the team with the league’s worst record.