Update: ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski delivered the news on Saturday morning that the Knicks have agreed to a five-year deal with former Bulls and Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau.
The New York Knicks and Tom Thibodeau are finalizing a five-year deal to make him the franchise’s next coach, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 25, 2020
Thibodeau last coached in the NBA with the Timberwolves during the 2018-19 season.
Editor’s Note: Leave it to the Knicks and Woj’s return to keep me on my toes on a Saturday morning. If we’ve learned anything about New York’s head coaching spot, Kidd’s status is probably worth monitoring in the future.
The Knicks are still searching for the next person to occupy their head coach position. According to Daily News contributor Stefan Bondy, New York now appears focused on hiring current Lakers assistant Jason Kidd.
Bondy outlines, through an unnamed source, that Kidd’s ability to connect with marquee free agents is driving his case for the Knicks’ vacancy.
Kidd, a brilliant Hall of Fame player, is viewed by the Knicks as a conduit to attracting stars, and his relationship with 2021 free agent Giannis Antetokounmpo is a boost. But there are also people in the organization who are skeptical of his coaching ability following underwhelming stints in Brooklyn and Milwaukee. As a result, the Kidd hire would come with the caveat of the front office picking at least some of his assistant coaches, according to a source.
Earlier reports listed former Bulls and Timberwolves head coach Tom Thibodeau as the favorite to land the position with the Knicks. Former Blazers forward Ime Udoka also interviewed for the position in June.
You can read Bondy’s full story on Kidd’s candidacy for the head coaching job at Daily News.