Monty Williams In….Tom Thibodeau Out???
The New Orleans Hornets issued the following statement late Tuesday night:
“The New Orleans Hornets have not made a formal offer to any candidates involved in the process to hire a Head Coach. We have had discussions with many impressive candidates. We will issue an official update when we have concluded the process and have reached an agreement. Any other information should be considered rumor or unauthorized and unreliable information.”
Yahoo.com on Monday reported that Boston Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau would be offered the Hornets vacant head coaching position.
The report claimed that Thibodeau was the favorite with Portland assistant coach Monty Williams being the Hornets second choice.
Multiple league scources also confirmed to WDSU that Thibodeau was indeed the team’s top target.
Tuesday night on WDSU we reported that the Hornets had offered the job to Thibodeau.
This morning (Wednesday) ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Hornets did indeed offer their coaching position to Thibodeau on Tuesday.
A source close to the situation tells WDSU that the Hornets could have issued a statement Tuesday because Thibodeau is no longer seriously considering coaching the Hornets.
Thibodeau has become a hot commodity and will be interviewing for the Chicago Bulls head coaching position.
Sources tell WDSU Williams could now be the front runner. Chris Paul is pushing for Williams to become head coach and by issuing the above statement the Hornets can say that they got the guy they wanted all along and that Williams truly was their first choice.