Cavaliers head coach J.B. Bickerstaff has talked to president of basketball operations Koby Altman about possible additions to his coaching staff, according to Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com (subscriber-only link), who says Bickerstaff keeps a running list of potential targets that he adds to every year.
Sources tell Fedor that Bickerstaff would be looking for a well-rounded candidate with experience, and wouldn’t necessarily be seeking an offensive coordinator. Fedor identifies Steve Clifford, Paul Hewitt, Chad Forcier, Tyrone Corbin, and David Fizdale as some names to watch, though some of those coaches may not be inclined to leave their current positions for an assistant role with the Cavaliers.
Here’s more from around the Central:
- Longtime Chicago media personality David Kaplan said during his ESPN 1000 radio show that the Bulls‘ front office has “serious concerns” about Lonzo Ball‘s left knee injury and that the issue could impact how the team approaches its offseason (link via NBC Sports Chicago). There have been no concrete updates on Ball’s troublesome knee injury since he said in late April that his rehab was “kind of at a standstill” and that he planned to visit a specialist.
- The Pacers could end up picking anywhere from No. 1 to No. 9 as a result of Tuesday’s draft lottery, but one thing is certain: Indiana will have its first top-10 pick since 1989. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (Insider link) takes a look at the end of an unusually long streak, which Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard calls an “exciting opportunity” for the franchise.
- James L. Edwards III of The Athletic looks at some potential second-round targets the Pistons could consider at No. 46, starting with Alabama wing Keon Ellis.
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Phil Handy should be there. He has won ‘chips as AC in 2016, ’19, &’20, with 3 different teams; 6 finals in a row. Irving credits his speech for getting the Cavs turned around in ’16. A development coach, youngsters have done well with him, few as the Lakers have had. Caruso supports him: link to nydailynews.com
A LA to CLE move with limited promotion may be unlikely, but a new HC in LA not Handy, could get him willing to move, and they do not seem to be considering him, despite that he would have been the interim coach if Vogel was fired in-season.
Following Vogel to Lakers: Youth Caruso, THT, Kuzma, Reaves, Gabriel and newbies Monk & Stanley Johnson in 5th & 7th years but 1st good one… Cakok has good numbers… Third An’po was drafted so Giannis would notice… Zach Norvell the only disappointment.
Toronto 2019: Anunoby & Boucher sophs, Siakam, VanVleet & McCaw 3rd years… no real fails since Mccaw blew it on his own… Delon Wright & Norman Powell, 4th years, were slow in getting time.
For CLE, Dellavedova & Joe Harris were beginners but IDK how much influence Handy had. Anyway Irving matured just in time.
Just kind of publishing notes there. Anyway Handy is an accomplished AC.
3 months ago
There was a trade talk between Suns and Pacers
Ayton, Saric and Shamet to pacers
Suns should propose Ayton trade with Celtics, Warriors and Grizzlies
Compared to acquire LaVine, Lakers can dump Westbrook contract and end up with Ayton
“*ESPN’s Brian Windhorst* takes a look at the end of an unusually long streak”
That’s an Insider article. It’s not a good use of time to click source links in Hooprumors aggregation articles and hit the dead-end of a paywall, without learning anything about the content.
As has been requested before, HR writers should note in their pieces that these are subcriber-only articles, and also give synopsis of the content. That would be a better way to do it.
I do generally try to note when articles require a subscription — it can be easy to miss on ESPN, since the Insider articles look exactly like the public ones when you have a subscription and you’re logged in.
Pacers should get a nice pick. I see probably 5-7. Top 4 should go top 4. Even if there is a trade. Imo Pacers are taking Murray. A proven scorer with good size. Plays a team gm. His gm will translate well into NBA. And he is ready to start next yr. If he is gone. I see them going for Davis or Sharpe. Sharpe is a wild card to me. He could go 5-8. Definitely going top 10.