Bulls coaches in demand; summer tourney set

Bulls coaches in demand; summer tourney set

Posted by mikemcgraw on Wed, 07/17/2013 - 11:30

According to various reports, the Philadelphia 76ers, whose coaching search has dragged on for weeks, are interested in talking to Bulls assistants Adrian Griffin and Ed Pinckney.

Griffin is taking the lead on the Bulls' summer league squad in Las Vegas, but all the Bulls' assistants are on the bench, including Pinckney, Andy Greer and Mike Wilhelm.

Meanwhile, former Bulls assistant Ron Adams has landed in Boston, where he'll be the lead assistant for new Celtics coach Brad Stevens. The Bulls chose not to renew Adams' contract in a controversial move. Adams and Tom Thibodeau have been tight since working together in San Antonio in the early 1990s.

Stevens, the former Butler coach, is one of the youngest head coaches in NBA history at 36.

--Meanwhile, after going 3-0 in their scheduled summer league games, the Bulls earned the No. 2 seed in the Las Vegas summer tournament.

They'll play the winner of No. 15 New York vs. No. 18 Miami on Thursday at 9 p.m. Central time. The Knicks and Heat play today at 9 p.m.

If they advance to the next round, the Bulls would face the winner of No. 7 Cleveland vs. No. 10 San Antonio. The Bulls could play up to four more games if they advance to Monday's championship.

The Bulls have the top scorer in the Las Vegas summer league in 6-3 shooting guard Andrew Goudelock (22.7 ppg) and the top rebounder in Malcolm Thomas (16.0).

Goudelock, who's spent time with the Los Angeles Lakers, is shooting .561 overall and 60 percent from 3-point range (9-for-15). Thomas sat out Tuesday's win over Portland with a leg injury.

Point guard Marquis Teague is also among the summer league leaders, averaging 17.3 points and 5.7 rebounds.

First-round draft pick Tony Snell has averaged 10.7 points, while shooting 35.7 percent overall and 2-for-11 from 3-point range.

After a rough opener, second-round pick Erik Murphy hit 6-of-8 shots from 3-point range in the next two contests. He left the Portland game, though, after suffering a broken nose late in the first half.

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