Phil Jackson Would Consider Coaching Cavs

The Cavs are reportedly expected to reach out to Phil Jackson to fill their coaching vacancy, and a source close to the Zen Master tells Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio that Jackson would "absolutely" listen if the team called to discuss the job. The same source confirmed another report that Jackson is interested in a return to the NBA, and though it seemed he was more interested in a front-office role than coaching, it appears Jackson still wants to be on the sidelines.  

Amico's source downplayed the notion that Jackson would prefer to go to a large-market team that's close to winning a championship, pointing to the deep store of young talent in Cleveland. It also sounds like a return to the Lakers is unlikely, since Jackson soured on the situation there after the team passed him over in favor of Mike D'Antoni earlier this season, according to Amico's report. The Nets have been linked to Jackson in recent weeks, though they have interim coach P.J. Carlesimo in place as they begin the playoffs this weekend.

If the Cavs can't land Jackson, the team has plenty of other high-profile targets. There's apparently mutual interest between the Cavs and Mike Brown, who seemed as recently as yesterday to be the leading candidate. GM Chris Grant and company are also intrigued by Scott Skiles and Stan Van Gundy, though it looks like Van Gundy wouldn't want the job. Amico yesterday mentioned current NBA assistant coaches Michael Malone, Brian Shaw and David Fizdale in connection with the Cavs opening as well.

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