Thibodeau has a potential star to work with in New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Thibodeau has a potential star to work with in New York Knicks forward RJ Barrett. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)|Associated Press
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Tom Thibodeau close to deal to coach Knicks, per AP source

The 2011 NBA Coach of the Year was a Knick assistant under Jeff Van Gundy.

Associated Press

By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Knicks are finishing a deal to make Tom Thibodeau their coach, a person with knowledge of the details said Saturday.

No contract has been signed but a deal is expected to be announced next week, the person told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing.

ESPN first reported that the Knicks and Thibodeau were completing a five-year contract.

Thibodeau was the 2011 NBA Coach of the Year in Chicago and is a former Knicks assistant under Jeff Van Gundy.

New Knicks President Leon Rose conducted a long search before settling on Thibodeau. Mike Miller finished the season as interim coach after David Fizdale was fired 22 games into last season.

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