Thibs' contract signed, says it's 'non-issue'

April, 4, 2013
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Tom ThibodeauJonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesTom Thibodeau can't understand why people cared that his contract wasn't signed for a while.
NEW YORK -- Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday he has finally signed the four-year contract extension he agreed to when training camp began earlier this season.

A Yahoo Sports report last week stated that Thibodeau had still not signed his deal but the veteran coach, who is in the final year of his first contract, said that's not the case anymore.

"As I said before it's a non-issue," Thibodeau said. "It's taken care of."

Thibodeau seemed surprised that there was so much drama surrounding his deal, but he is pleased that it is now done.

"Yeah, it never was an issue," he said. "I don't know how it became an issue."

So why did it take Thibodeau so long to actually sign the deal he had agreed to months ago?

"The lawyers had it," Thibodeau said. "And they were changing language and stuff, which quite honestly I don't even pay attention to it. It was done in October as far as I was concerned."

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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