With Bulls' season over, Thibodeau watch begins

The Chicago Bulls' season ended. And the Tom Thibodeau watch began.

The Bulls headed into their offseason Friday with one big issue hanging over them - the future of their coach.

There is heavy speculation that Thibodeau will not be back because of a rift with management despite a 255-139 record and playoff appearances in each of his five seasons. But there was no word from the Bulls on Friday.

Thibodeau said Thursday night he expects to be back unless he's told otherwise.

If he's not going to resign - and the relationship is broken beyond repair - the Bulls could fire him. But with two years left on his contract, a more desirable option for them would probably be a trade.

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