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And-Ones: Miller, Haywood, Hammon

Mike Miller landing with the Thunder seems like an unlikely outcome, Anthony Slater of The Oklahoman writes. Miller was reportedly traded from the Cavs to the Blazers and is expected to be released. Joining the Thunder would be an interesting move because Miller played under new Thunder coach Billy Donovan at Florida between 1998-2000, as Slater points out, and the two are very close friends, Slater adds. However, Miller, 35, who is coming off his worst season, reportedly wanted out from Cleveland because he wants more playing time and that would be hard to find with the Thunder, Slater adds. The team also won’t have a spot on the roster for him, Slater notes.

  • The Sixers discussed trading for Brendan Haywood with the Cavs before the big man was reportedly dealt to the Blazers, reports’s Jake Fischer, who cites a source (on Twitter).
  • Spurs assistant Becky Hammon has gained traction as a potentially serious head-coaching candidate, Ken Berger of writes after several conversations with league executives. More importantly, from Berger’s perspective, the culture around the league toward a female head coach has changed drastically. One executive from the Eastern Conference told Berger that Hammon “would be high on my list.” Another said, “Why not? She has the qualities necessary, and with an organization’s backing, she could do it. She’s obviously learned under the best.”
  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak wanted to meet with Nick Young to tell Young not to consider the signing of Lou Williams a slap in the face, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports (on Twitter). The Kupchak and Young met recently and afterward Young, who has been the subject of trade rumors this summer, said he felt confident he would remain with the team.
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2 thoughts on “And-Ones: Miller, Haywood, Hammon

  1. Chuck Myron

    No one is probably going to rebuild quite as drastically as the Sixers, but they do face competition on some level from teams like the Blazers and the Celtics for the acquisition of second-round picks. Copycats are out there, even if they aren’t willing to go quite as far.

    • Chris Crouse

      Very surprised the Sixers didn’t make that trade for Haywood and Miller. I wonder if Cavs saw what Phila did to AK47 (A little bit different situation, but team took hard stance on buyout, kept him on roster) and didn’t want to send Miller-Because of the LeBron relationship- to that sort of situation.

      Blazers are in for a top 5-6 pick. Not sure how they defend other teams; they could be worst in the west.

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