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Report: Bulls, Thibodeau discussing deal

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The Chicago Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau have resumed discussions about a long-term extension, according to an NBA.com report.

Thibodeau's Bulls have led the league in wins in each of his first two seasons, and he became the fastest coach to 100 wins in NBA history. He was named Coach of the Year after his first season and finished second last year.

ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, who hired Thibodeau as an assistant with the New York Knicks, recently told ESPNChicago.com that a new deal should be a simple negotiation.

"If I was (the Bulls) and Tom agreed to what (Oklahoma City's) Scott Brooks got (a reported four-year deal worth about $18 million), the whole thing would take 25 seconds," Van Gundy said. "It's a no-brainer ... My thing is he's an elite coach and should be paid like one."
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