The Kings are expected to hire former Toronto and Phoenix head coach Jay Triano as part of Mike Brown‘s new coaching staff, according to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein (Twitter link). Triano, who also coached the Canadian national team from 1998-2004, most recently served as an assistant in Charlotte under James Borrego.
Brown can’t yet devote his full attention to his new job with the Kings, since he’ll still be a part of Steve Kerr‘s staff in Golden State until the Warriors’ playoff run ends. However, Brown’s coaching staff is starting to come together. Holdover Doug Christie is expected to remain in his assistant role, and Jordi Fernandez is coming aboard as Sacramento’s associate head coach.
Let’s round up a few more items from around the Pacific…
- James Ham of The Kings Beat explores the Kings‘ options with the No. 4 pick, outlining how moving up three spots on lottery night increased the number of directions Sacramento could take with that selection.
- Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins headlines a list of potential extend-or-trade players this summer, according to Danny Leroux of The Athletic, who explains that Wiggins is one of several veterans who could become a viable offseason trade candidate if he and the team don’t work out a contract extension.
- After injuries sidelined him for 56 of 137 contests from 2019-21, Warriors center Kevon Looney is proud of the fact that he was able to play in all 82 games in 2021/22, as he tells Mark Medina of NBA.com. “People were putting the injury label on me,” Looney said. “I take pride in being a tough guy and doing all the dirty work. So, to be a guy that was not healthy messed with my mentals.”
- Evan Sidery of BasketballNews.com takes a closer look at Deandre Ayton‘s future with the Suns, which appears increasingly uncertain as his restricted free agency nears.
7 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Kings, Triano, Wiggins, Looney, Ayton”
With all the money Warriors are spending there is 0 chance a extension happens without him taking a big pay cut. I don’t see Wiggins agreeing to a pay cut.
Trade Wiggins to a cap room team for a player who makes 10 million a year
Warriors are likely to keep Kevon Olajuwon, Payton and Poole
4 terrible teams have cap room to overpay and sign free agents
Wiggins and 3 draft picks this year for a rookie contract
I wouldn’t mind getting Kevon Looney in FA. Yes still young and he is a great screen setter and never has been a problem in the locker room. He would be an upgrade on defense over Vu. I’m not sure if GSW remain committed to resigning him but he’s shown that how valuable he’s been, given Wiseman hasn’t played this year.
Wiggins is a good complementary player. Can be a nice third or fourth option but never a one or a two. GSW doesn’t need him to be a 1 or a 2 or even a 3 so he suits them. He learnt their system and incorporated it into his game and it’s been great.
So when it comes to resigning him, it’s probably in his best interest to come back, and GSW would probably love to have him back at a reduced rate.
I’d say 4 years 80 mil would be a decent middle ground. Definitely wouldn’t go above 100mil. I think if your Wiggins you’d happily resign.
However in the event he doesn’t how about some fo these ideas;
-Wiggins and Wiseman for Steven Adams, Dillon Brooks and Melton
-Wiggins and a second for Harrison Barnes and Holmes
– Wiggins and Moody for Jarrett Allen and Osman
-Wiggins and Moody for Jerami Grant and Olynyk
– Wiggins and Wiseman for Tobias Harris and Thybulle
Wiggins is gone. Warriors do t need to pay him. Plus they can get good value for him now. After a solid season. He’s a better all-around player now. I’d really like to see him go to Raptors. It’s good for NBA.
People thought I was nuts when I said he should go to NY last yr. He’s still got it to be a highlight scorer. In NY he can be that again. Raptors should do all they can to get him there.
Warriors have a great roster from 1 to 15 Wiggins has been a great trade for them… GSW has to attach picks or a young talent to move him so W&S