Tyler Radecki
Wednesday May 16th, 2012

The Chicago Bulls have picked up head coach Tom Thibodeau’s option for next season and are discussing a long-term deal with the coach, according to ESPN.com.

"Obviously, Tom's option will be picked up," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "And we started having conversations about an extension with him in the fall. And we hope to continue those discussions now that we're in the offseason.

"Obviously we value Tom greatly. We value what he brings to the organization, what he's brought to the team. We think he's one of the finest coaches in the league and we're hopeful he'll be our coach long term."

According to ESPN, there were reports that Thibodeau was upset during the season that he didn’t already have an extension.

"I'm not even looking at any of that," Thibodeau said on a radio appearance, according to ESPN. "That stuff will take care of itself. I've been fortunate to have a great group of guys, a great organization, a great city. We'll have an opportunity at some point to sit down and go over that." Thibodeau was hired before the 2010 season and was the fastest coach in NBA history to win 100 games. He was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2011.

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