Apr 24, 2014 1:03 PM EDT
Ed Pinckney is one of leading candidates to soon get his first NBA head coaching job.
Pinckney has developed a reputation as a hard working assistant coach for Tom Thibodeau with the Chicago Bulls.
“Guys would love to play for him,” an assistant NBA coach says. “Anyone who has been around him knows how hard he works and how much he cares. His players would go through walls for him and have a good time doing it.”
Pinckney was twice interviewed last season by the Memphis Grizzlies.
Apr 24, 2014 12:24 PM EDT
Phil Jackson and James Dolan reportedly had a disagreement over the medical staff of the New York Knicks, according to Stephen A. Smith.
Jackson was looking to cut ties with the Knicks' medical staff, but Dolan said that they were "untouchable."
Apr 23, 2014 11:02 PM EDT
Jeff Green has two more seasons at $9.2 million per year left on his contract with the Boston Celtics, the second of which non-guaranteed.
Green is "eminently available" if a contending team believes in the veteran forward as a fit, according to a report. Green could provide a third or fourth scorer on a contender.
Green averaged 16.9 points and 4.6 rebounds this season.
Apr 23, 2014 5:27 PM EDT
Quin Snyder has emerged as a candidate for the Utah Jazz head coaching vacancy.
Snyder worked with Dennis Lindsey and also spent a season with CSKA studying with Ettore Messina.
Snyder went to Duke and was most notably head coach at Missouri. Snyder is currently assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks.
Apr 23, 2014 1:54 PM EDT
Flip Saunders is unlikely to move down from the front office to coach the Minnesota Timberwolves.
"I don't really see that scenario," Saunders said.
"I know it's been brought up a lot, and you never say never, but we have a lot of things going on here," Saunders continued. "I've got a lot on my plate, and that's enough right now to deal with."
ESPN.com reported Monday that Michigan State's Tom Izzo, Florida's Billy Donovan and Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg are all on Minnesota's list of potential Rick Adelman replacements.
Apr 23, 2014 12:37 PM EDT
Roy Hibbert's comment in late March about "some selfish dudes in here" was a reference to Lance Stephenson, according to sources.
Stephenson has had a vastly improved season and is one of Larry Bird's favorite players on the roster, but he has also had confrontations with George Hill and Evan Turner.
Hill and Stephenson had to be separated on the Pacers' bench during a March 31 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.
Turner and Stephenson had a fightfight during practice on the eve of the playoffs.
Apr 23, 2014 12:33 PM EDT
Frank Vogel is "coaching for his job" despite a 56-win season, according to sources.
The Indiana Pacers began the season with a 40-11 record, but went just 16-15 during the rest of the season.
Larry Bird will ultimately make the decision about Vogel at season's end.
During the last week of the regular season, though, Bird told local ABC affiliate WRTV-6 that "I back Frank 100 percent."
Vogel received a two-year extension during the 12-13 season that keeps him under contract through 14-15.
Chris Broussard reports that the Pacers have missed the locker room presence of Brian Shaw, who often played the role of "bad cop" to keep the locker room from imploding.
Apr 23, 2014 12:23 PM EDT
Mike D'Antoni is not expected to take the vacant coaching job with Marshall, sources told CBSSports.com.
One source was under the impression that D'Antoni would take the job if he was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers.
CBSSports.com reported in March that there was mutual interest between the two sides.
The Lakers are waiting to make a final decision on whether to keep D'Antoni for the 14-15 season, the final season of his contract.
Apr 23, 2014 12:18 PM EDT
Phil Jackson is taking a relaxed approach, at least publicly, to whether Carmelo Anthony will re-sign with the New York Knicks.
"If it's in the cards man are we fortunate," said Jackson about Anthony remaining with the Knicks. "If it's not in the cards, man are we fortunate and we're going forward anyway."
Jackson has consistently spoken positively about Anthony's game.
Jackson also hopes Anthony will take less money to remain with the Knicks.
Apr 23, 2014 12:12 PM EDT
Phil Jackson and James Dolan have already had their first clash over personnel decisions, according to a source.
Jackson is looking to remove several staff members, but Dolan has opposed some of his recommendations.
A source said Dolan reacted to Jackson's request to simply focus his attention on building a winning team.
The entire coaching staff was fired on Monday and it is unclear which employees' future created the friction.
Bleacher Report reported that Steve Mills, Allan Houston and Mark Warkentien could all be reassigned or possibly dismissed.
“There are a lot of good people at the Garden and a lot of good people that travel with the team, but if Phil wants to start fresh why wouldn’t you allow him to do that?” said one Knicks employee.
Lance Stephenson and Evan Turner allegedly had a practice-floor fistfight before the start of the playoffs.
David Griffin has been serving as interim general manager of the Cavaliers since the dismissal of Chris Grant.
Apr 22, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
Ettore Messina is currently head coach at CSKA and spent one season as an assistant for Mike Brown with the Lakers.
Mouhammadou Jaiteh will likely re-sign in France’s ProA league to continue his development.
Apr 21, 2014 | Ian Begley/ESPN
Steve Kerr finally acknowledged that he will be in discussions to become the next head coach of the Knicks.
Damion James will be kept by the Spurs for development over the summer.
A source denied that Steve Kerr has spoken to TNT about altering his broadcast schedule if he accepts a job as head coach.
Andre Iguodala said after the Game 1 win that he heard an ESPN report that Mark Jackson "is going to be gone."
The Lakers decided not to trade away the expiring $19.3 million contract of Pau Gasol for such a small return.
Jim Buss pledged to his siblings during a winter meeting that he would step down from his post in basketball operations of the Lakers if the team didn't become a contender again within the next few years.
Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry acknowledged that they will be inheriting a franchise with the worst record in the NBA, a small market and the need for a new arena.
Apr 19, 2014 | Marc Stein/ESPN
The Bulls would have to use their amnesty clause on Carlos Boozer, as well as moving other veteran salary to make Carmelo Anthony a competitive offer.
Phil Jackson and Jim Dolan addressed the Knicks' locker room after the team's season finale
The Jazz denied a New York Daily News report Friday that Ty Corbin has been fired as head coach.
The Lakers may look to accelerate their rebuilding efforts around Kobe Bryant and their cap space.
The Lakers have planned to pick up the non-guaranteed season on Kendall Marshall's contract for 2014-15.
Brian Shaw expects Kenneth Faried to remain with the Nuggets next season.
New Orleans never signed Pierre Jackson to a rookie scare contract.
Nikola Vucevic and Tobias Harris will be eligible for extensions this summer.
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Pau Gasol would have to accept the Knicks' taxpayer's midlevel exception of approximately $3.2 million.
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