Fred Hoiberg finalizing deal to coach Bulls

Fred Hoiberg is expected to travel to Chicago later Monday and finalize a deal to become the next head coach of the Chicago Bulls, a source has told CBSSports.com.

Fred Hoiberg year-by-year

Season  School Record Postseason
2010-11 Iowa State 16-16 None
2011-12 Iowa State 23-11 NCAA Round of 32
2012-13 Iowa State 23-12 NCAA Round of 32
2013-14 Iowa State 28-8 NCAA Sweet 16
2014-15 Iowa State 25-9 NCAA Round of 64
TOTAL   115-56  

 

A formal announcement could come as early as Monday night.

An NBA source said the Bulls would like to hold a press conference Tuesday.

CBSSports.com reported last Friday, a day after Chicago fired Tom Thibodeau, that Hoiberg and the Bulls already had what amounted to a “gentleman’s agreement” in place. Hoiberg played for the Bulls from 1999 to 2003 and has a friendly relationship with Chicago general manager Gar Forman, who once worked as an assistant at Iowa State.

Hoiberg, 42, coached his alma mater, Iowa State, the past five seasons. He made the NCAA Tournament in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 while establishing himself as one of the brightest offensive minds in the sport, which led to multiple NBA coaching opportunities. This offseason he reportedly talked with the Magic and Pelicans about their openings. But sources have told CBSSports.com that Hoiberg always planned to land in Chicago, where he’ll inherit a roster already built to compete for an Eastern Conference title.

Fred Hoiberg (USATSI)
Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg is expected to become the next coach of the Bulls. (USATSI)

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