The offseason turnover in head coaches has a ripple effect. Besides the teams themselves changing directions, assistants can often find themselves out of work or looking for a new team. Shortly after being hired by the Bulls to replace Tom Thibodeau, Fred Hoiberg poached Spurs assistant Jim Boylen as his new associate head coach.
Where does that leave Thibodeau’s former staff? The fates of Mike Wilhelm and Ed Pinckney remain unknown, but former Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin looks likely to be landing on his feet in Orlando, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein.
Griffin is well-regarded in coaching circles, liked by Bulls players and considered around the league to be a future head-coaching prospect. He interviewed with the Cavs last summer before they ultimately hired David Blatt, and interviewed with the Pistons in 2013 before they hired Maurice Cheeks, whose tenure with the team was short-lived.