A power shift could be taking place in the East if Tom Thibodeau is no longer coach of the Chicago Bulls, who the Wizards deposed in the first round of this year's playoffs.
According to CSN Chicago, the Memphis Grizzlies could be interested in trading -- yes, traded as in Doc Rivers from the Boston Celtics to the L.A. Clippers -- for the coach. Thibodeau has led the Bulls to the postseason in all four years at the helm. They won 48 games this season despite not having Derrick Rose because of a knee injury and trading away their other All-Star, Luol Deng.
Thibodeau, however, has publicly feuded with Bulls GM Gar Forman.
The Wizards, a seed below at No. 5 in the playoffs, eliminated them in five games.
The Grizzlies appear eager to part ways with first-year coach Dave Joerger despite him winning 50 games and getting them to the playoffs where they lost in seven games to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Joerger has been given permission to speak with the Minnesota Timberwolves for their opening after Rick Adelman retired.
So where would that leave Chicago? Possibly Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg. Even with Rose returning next season, there'd be no guarantee this team would be better than Washington.