The New Orleans Hornets have begun working on a contract for Tom Thibodeau, a person familiar with the process told The Associated Press on Monday. The Celtic assistant was one of 8 coaching candidates with the Hornets. He also could see other job offers in coming weeks.
ESPN.com's Marc Stein reported last Friday that New Orleans was high on Thibodeau -- known as the defensive architect behind the Celtics' unexpected run to within a game of a return to the NBA Finals -- as well as Portland's Williams and could make a hire as soon as this week.
In nearly two decades as an assistant coach in the NBA, Thibodeau has developed a strong reputation as a defensive strategist, and was part of the Celtics' staff when they last won an NBA title in 2008.
The Hornets struggled defensively last season, allowing 102.7 points per game, which ranked 20th in the league.
Darnell McDonald was designated for assignment yesterday as Mike Cameron prepares to come off the DL Tuesday. Infielder Angel Sanchez was optioned to AAA and reliever Scott Atchison was called back up to the big club. Look for McDonald to catch on with another team off of waivers as he was a valuable replacement for the Sox when two starting outfielders went down. This move comes as the Sox begin to play quality baseball and began beating quality teams.
In other news, Patriots third round draft pick, Taylor Price became the highest draft pick in the NFL to come to a contract. Price cannot begin team workouts until he graduates on 6/11 but has the contract already set in place.