Odds & Ends: Magic, Bobcats, Wolves, Cavs, Draft

We already heard from new Blazers' general manager Neil Olshey tonight, who implied that he all but has his mind made up that the man to fill Portland's coaching vacancy should be interim head coach Kaleb Canales.  Portland is one of multiple franchises that needs to make decisions coaching and front office decisions this offseason.  Let's look at some of those latest rumors as well as a couple more notes from around the league on this Tuesday night:

  • Speaking of Portland, former Blazers exec Tom Penn has emerged as a candidate for the Orlando Magic general manager job, says Ken Berger of CBS Sports.  Penn teamed up with Kevin Pritchard in Portland and the Magic could now be looking to duplicate the duo's success in Orlando.
  • Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer takes a look at the Bobcats, saying that they have concluded their coaching interviews and it is uncertain when they will make a decision.
  • Stephen Litel of HoopsWorld analyzes the Timberwolves offseason outlook.  The Wolves have a lot of decisions to make and have said they plan to be aggressive.  Litel doesn't know how much they can actually get done in terms of impact moves, but he offers three names as more realistic options that should interest Minnesota: Kevin Martin, Courtney Lee and Rudy Fernandez.
  • Mike Peticca of the Cleveland Plain Dealer mulls over the potential draft options for the Cavaliers at pick number four.  Bradley Beal seems to be a popular name for Cleveland, but Peticca says there are indications that he will be gone.
  • USA Today published their latest mock draft, courtesy of Steve Kyler at HoopsWorld.


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