For some odd reason, the New Orleans Hornets have given Celtics assistant coach Tom Thibodeau a deadline for which to accept their head coaching offer, per ESPN’s Marc Stein:
The New Orleans Hornets, who offered their vacant coaching job to Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau last week, might hire someone else if Thibodeau has not accepted the job before Game 1 of the NBA Finals, according to sources close to the situation.
The Hornets don’t want to let their coaching search drag beyond this week and plan to offer the job instead to Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams if Thibodeau, Boston’s defensive specialist, doesn’t accept by Thursday, according to sources.
This doesn’t strike me as particularly fair to Thibodeau, who is busy trying to gameplan for the Lakers in the bloody NBA Finals, but you can understand the reasoning behind the deadline, as Thibodeau could easily take until mid-June if he isn’t looking for a distraction. By then Monty Williams could be gone, and if this report is 100 percent, Monty Williams could be off the Portland bench by Friday.
The story also mentions that Williams continues to be the preferred candidate of Chris Paul.