The Dallas Mavericks are confident they are inching closer to the eventual signing of veteran center Jermaine O’Neal, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that the Mavericks — who continue to closely monitor the 36-year-old center’s progress as O’Neal works out in preparation for a comeback — hope to sign him by the All-Star break.
May 2, 2016 | 10:12 pm EDT Update
A source close to Frank Vogel admitted there could be intrigue in coaching the Knicks as his family and relatives come to all the Garden games.
Sources close to Jackson have said the Zen Master appears in no rush because the Knicks don’t have a first- or second-round pick and, hence, aren’t consumed with pre-draft workouts. There’s been speculation Jackson was waiting to see whether any coaches dropped into the pool after the first round.
The 42-year-old Vogel, a graduate of Wildwood (N.J.) High School, has a 250-181 record with the Pacers in six seasons, but Bird never has seemed a big fan. Vogel’s job was said to be in jeopardy in past years. It’s believed Bird could prefer a former player as his next coach and his former Celtics teammate Kevin McHale, fired by Houston early in the season, is on the market.
Speaking of paydays, Portland coach Terry Stotts should be due for one in the not-so-distant future. Yet Stotts, the former head coach in Atlanta and Milwaukee who came to the Blazers in 2012 after four years as a Dallas Mavericks assistant, has a team option on his contract for next season that has yet to be picked up. What’s more, according to a person with knowledge of his situation, he has yet to discuss a possible extension with Blazers management.
The person expressed optimism that a deal will eventually get done, but one never truly knows until it happens. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of that process.
May 2, 2016 | 6:46 pm EDT Update
He doesn’t know when, either. Bird said he will make the decision after meeting by conference call with Pacers owner Herb Simon, but he said no call has been arranged. “He’s busy, so it could be a week or it could be tomorrow. What I don’t want to do is leave Frank hanging – there’s other jobs out there he could get,” Bird said early Monday evening.