The New York Knicks and Tom Thibodeau are finalizing a five-year deal to make him the franchise’s next head coach, sources tell ESPN.
Thibodeau was fired as Minnesota Timberwolves coach and president of basketball operations in the middle of his third season with the organization in 2019. He’d been successful at his first head coaching job with the Chicago Bulls from 2010-15, making the playoffs every season, but failed to make the Eastern Conference finals after his first year. His career record is 352-246.
Other reported candidates for the Knicks vacancy included Los Angeles Lakers assistant Jason Kidd and former Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson.
A native of New Britain, Connecticut, Thibodeau served as an assistant with the Knicks from 1996-2004. He will be the 13th head coach in 17 years.