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May 26, 2015 Updates

Westchester Knicks interim head coach Craig Hodges is expected to return to the team’s sideline as an assistant coach next season, though no final decision has been made, a league source tells D-League Digest. Hodges, 54, took over at the helm of the New York Knicks D-League affiliate after inaugural head coach Kevin Whitted was fired after posting the second-worst record (10-36) last season in the D-League. D-League Digest

May 25, 2015 Updates

Westchester Knicks interim head coach Craig Hodges is expected to return to the team’s sideline as an assistant coach next season, though no final decision has been made, a league source tells D-League Digest. Hodges, 54, took over at the helm of the New York Knicks D-League affiliate after inaugural head coach Kevin Whitted was fired after posting the second-worst record (10-36) last season in the D-League. D-League Digest

Everything hinges, obviously, on the resolution of coach Tom Thibodeau's future (or lack thereof) with the team. Almost no one expects he'll be back for the final two years of his contract, the relationship between him and the team's front office, seemingly, irrevocably broken. When and if Thibodeau is removed, the question of succession will determine the Bulls' future. Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg has been linked to the Chicago job for months, with good reason -- "The Mayor" was a well-liked player and teammate at each of his three NBA stops over a decade-long career, and has made a seamless transition to coaching. Or could the Bulls pull a 180 and bring in a go-go offensive mind like Mike D'Antoni -- the front-runner in Chicago five years ago before, at the last minute, negotiations broke down? NBA.com

May 24, 2015 Updates

It looks like Flip Saunders will coach the Minnesota Timberwolves again next season. "I think so," Wolves owner Glen Taylor told the Pioneer Press. "I think he worked so hard last year with all those problems that he wants an opportunity to see if we are healthy, if we really have the team he thought he had." St. Paul Pioneer Press

May 23, 2015 Updates

Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans' head-coaching position, according to league sources. ‎Sources told ESPN.com this week that the ESPN analyst has expressed interest in the opening and is under consideration for the job, which opened when the Pelicans dismissed Monty Williams earlier this month. ESPN.com

Van Gundy joins Golden State associate head coach Alvin Gentry and Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau as confirmed candidates for the position, according to NBA coaching sources. Gentry is the only candidate known to have formally interviewed for the post, with sources saying the uncertainty surrounding Thibodeau's contractual situation with the Bulls has prevented the Pelicans and Orlando Magic from formally requesting to interview him. ESPN.com reported Monday that the Pelicans had been granted permission to interview Gentry before the Warriors began play in the Western Conference finals. ESPN.com

The Bulls' coaching history has featured some wild twists and turns. Who can forget Scott Skiles' agent saying in June 2005 that "the way (Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf) does business is insulting" as he exasperatedly called off contract talks and then Skiles signing a three-year extension the next day? Or all signs pointing to Doug Collins returning for a second stint as coach until he and Reinsdorf, citing their friendship, nixed it and Vinny Del Negro arrived in 2008? Things can change unexpectedly in the NBA, though signs continue to point to Thibodeau's exit. What won't change, whenever a conclusion on Thibodeau's future is reached, is Forman saying the decision was made with the best interests of the franchise in mind. Chicago Tribune

But this delay isn't some leverage ploy or negotiating tactic. If the Bulls, whose second-round pick coincidentally is headed to the Magic, wanted a second-round pick, they would buy one. This is, after all, a franchise that ponied up $3 million to move up and acquire Luol Deng's draft rights in 2004 and paid an undisclosed amount to do the same for Nikola Mirotic in 2011. No, this decision is way above getting, say, a second-round pick from the Pelicans or Magic. Especially because sources indicate the Magic's interest in Thibodeau has been way overstated, if not nonexistent to this point. And Yahoo Sports reported the Pelicans' interest in Thibodeau lies more with team President Mickey Loomis than general manager Dell Demps, who, the website reported, fired strong-willed coach Monty Williams in part over internal battles. Chicago Tribune

KC Johnson: With @Marc Stein reporting Jeff Van Gundy interested/in running for Pelicans job, the non-Bulls market getting more crowded for Thibodeau Twitter @KCJHoop

KC Johnson: Reported yesterday that Magic interest in Thibodeau has been overstated. Could be Bulls or bust, as in take year off. Stay tuned. Twitter @KCJHoop

The Detroit Pistons will expand their coaching staff by hiring a shooting coach for next season, head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said. The job will be as a full-time traveling assistant and Van Gundy said he hopes to have the specialized coach in place by early July. Van Gundy said the new shooting coach will have no other responsibilities. "If he's watching our team play, watching our team practice, working with guys, watching film, he's focused on that one area," Van Gundy said. Booth Newspapers

May 22, 2015 Updates

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