Week In Review: 5/19/14 – 5/25/14

We knew that the Grizzlies would potentially face serious changes this offseason on the court, but earlier this week, their front office was totally overhauled.  CEO Jason Levien and assistant GM Stu Lash were ousted by owner Robert Pera on Monday.  General Manager Chris Wallace, who has been without real power since Levien’s arrival, was re-installed as the chief decision maker for the time being.  The changes probably won’t stop there.  More on that and the rest of the week that was..

  • There appears to be mutual interest between the Grizzlies and coach Dave Joerger in parting ways.  The Wolves have interest in Joerger.  Minnesota owner Glen Taylor, meanwhile, prefers Sam Mitchell.
  • The Cavs won the lottery.
  • Memphis may be eyeing Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.
  • The Cavs are making noises that they aren’t going to offer Kyrie Irving “max money’’ this summer via a long-term extension.
  • Teammates doubt that LeBron James will leave the Heat.
  • Both Grant Hill and Yao Ming are reportedly lining up investor groups to try and purchase the Clippers.  Yao denied the report while Hill has partnered with billionaire investors and longtime Southern California residents Tony Ressler and Bruce Karsh.
  • Wolves owner Glen Taylor is insistent that he won’t trade Kevin Love before the draft.
  • Donald Sterling gave his wife Shelly Sterling the OK to sell the Clippers, but the NBA is not on board with their proposal.  Mrs. Sterling wants to stay on as a minority owner.  Sterling’s hearing is set for June 3rd.
  • The Jazz and Cavs have interviews planned with Alvin Gentry.
  • Nuggets president Josh Kroenke came out and said that Brian Shaw will not be the next coach of the Knicks.
  • The Lakers spoke with Byron Scott.
  • Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak interviewed Mike Dunleavy.
  • The Cavs are unlikely to land LeBron without making some upgrades.
  • The Celtics are willing to trade for a star without securing an extension.
  • The Cavs will likely explore sign-and-trade possibilities for Luol Deng.
  • The buzz is back.
  • Tyronn Lue is scheduled to interview for the Cavaliers vacant head coaching position late next week.
  • The city of Sacramento approved the Kings’ new arena plan.
  • A report indicated that Francisco Garcia is planning to opt out of his contract with the Rockets and seek a new, multiyear deal.  However, the swingman says he hasn’t made up his mind yet.
  • Kevin Ollie signed a new deal with UConn, so he won’t be coming to the NBA anytime soon.
  • The Cavs are interested in Billy Donovan, Fred Hoiberg, and Tom Izzo.
  • Bucks GM John Hammond and assistant GM David Morway appear likely to stay for at least one more year.
  • The Magic are a team “to watch out for” with the Warriors becoming more open to trading David Lee.
  • The Pistons will interview Stu Jackson for their vacant GM role.
  • Michael Carter-Williams headlines the All-Rookie team.
  • Chinese league MVP Lester Hudson has caught the eye of the Pacers.
  • Bobby Brown signed a three-year deal in China.
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