CHICAGO -- Chicago Bulls coach Scott Skiles ended negotiations for a contract extension, a month after leading the team to its first playoff appearance in seven years.
"There will be no [extension]," said Skiles' agent, Keith Glass. "It's done. It's enough. There was never a deadline. Scott never gave them one. [Monday morning] I brought it to an end. We've had more than enough time to do a deal."
The Bulls have an option to pay Skiles $2.75 million if he coaches next season, which would be the final season of his three-year deal. The team has until June 30 to exercise that option.
But Skiles said Monday he was unsure if he would be willing to coach next season if the Bulls exercise the option.
"Anything's possible at this point," Skiles said. "I'm just in the process of going through a lot of thoughts in my head about what's best for me right now."
General manager John Paxson declined to comment Monday. A message left for the Bulls on Tuesday was not immediately returned.
In their second season under Skiles, the Bulls improved from 19-47 to 47-35 before losing to Washington in the first round of the playoffs. Exercising the option would make Skiles a potential lame duck.
Skiles came to Chicago with a checkered reputation after spending portions of three seasons as the Phoenix Suns coach. He has said he thinks the Bulls' success this past season repaired his image.
"I've been fairly shocked by the whole process," Skiles said. "I guess at 41 I haven't coached that long that I had a certain naivete about where this team has been and where we'd gotten it to that this wouldn't be a prolonged, difficult process. Keith and I are reasonable people who thought this would be pretty simple to do. We thought wrong."
I just can't comprehend what's going on up there. They're in shambles, then comes this ray of hope, only to shut the door on it.
Do they want to stay at the bottom? I guess karma is just a b****.