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April 17, 2014 Updates

And there would be no quibbling if Olshey wanted to do it behind closed doors. But judging from Stotts’ unease, it is clear Olshey hasn’t afforded him that courtesy. I asked Stotts on Wednesday night if he has been given that assurance that his future is secure in Portland. Stotts, as he is wont to do lately, was curt. “I don’t think I have to answer that,’’ he said. Oregonian

Two college coaches mentioned as candidates to replace Adelman, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, aren’t likely to take the job because of their popularity and security at their respective schools. The Wolves could be a playoff contender next season with the personnel additions they made this year, but Izzo or Hoiberg probably won’t move unless offered a fantastic contract with big money. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Despite Woodson's stubbornness in playing Bargnani and his insistence on bigger lineups rather than the smaller ones that had better statistical success, Woodson was blunt in saying he deserved to coach the final year on his contract. "Am I the guy for the job? I'm the only guy for this job. I've always said that. I don't mean that in a braggadocios way. But I feel good about what I do as a coach. And I know the system works." Wall Street Journal

Mike D'Antoni might have coached his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday. Or he might return for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It'll be the biggest subplot of a Lakers off-season sure to feature twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done. Now you go to the next step. Nothing has been talked about or said or looked at." Los Angeles Times

April 16, 2014 Updates

"The next step will be to sit down with Jim (Buss) and all them and Mitch (Kupchak) at the end of the year and talk things out, see where things are," D'Antoni said after shootaround Wednesday morning. D'Antoni is scheduled to have his exit interview with team management Friday. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers worth $4 million, plus the Lakers have a team option for the following season. ESPN.com

It is widely believed that Woodson, who has a contract through next season, will not return. His contact with Jackson has been minimal and a person close to Woodson says the Knicks head coach has been down the last few days, suggesting “that he knows he’s gone.” New York Daily News

The future of Herb Williams, however, is uncertain. Williams joined the Knicks coaching staff days after Jeff Van Gundy resigned in Dec. 2001 and has worked on the staffs of Don Chaney, Lenny Wilkens, Larry Brown, Isiah Thomas, Mike D’Antoni and now Woodson. New York Daily News

In three and a half seasons since taking over for Hall of Fame coach Jerry Sloan, Corbin has amassed a record of 111-146, taking the Jazz to the playoffs once and narrowly missing out on a second trip last year. And with a game left this year, he’s not ready to entertain thoughts that Monday’s home finale was his last home game as the Jazz’s head coach. "I’m not thinking about it right now," he said, brushing off a question about the possibility. "No." As they have publicly throughout the season, players went to bat for Corbin and his staff this week. "Ty’s a good guy," said forward Derrick Favors. "Ever since I’ve been here he’s helped me out with a lot of stuff, a lot of stuff y’all don’t see out there on the court. He helped me out with growing as a player and growing as a man." Salt Lake Tribune

Adelman's contract has a mutual option included for the final season, meaning either side can opt out of the deal. Adelman will turn 68 in June and the contract calls for a decision to be made no later than two weeks after the season ends. Adelman and Wolves president Flip Saunders have said they will sit down to discuss things after the season is over. Adelman did help bring a team that had won just 17 games the season before he took over back to respectability. A win in the finale on Wednesday night against Utah would mean the Wolves (40-41) would finish with a non-losing record for the first time since 2004-05. Columbian

April 15, 2014 Updates

John Calipari, who has often been linked to NBA coaching jobs and who also has been critical of the NCAA for not changing with the times, told ESPN on Tuesday that he's more motivated by helping his players at Kentucky than he would by building the value of an NBA franchise. ESPN.com

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