HoopsHype Coaching rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates
July 14, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers expect to hire a coach in the next "week or two," according to a league source, but do not consider the interview process to be finished. While former Lakers great Byron Scott has been considered the leading candidate for the position for weeks, having gone through multiple interviews with management and having received an endorsement from none other than Kobe Bryant last week, even he likely would need another interview before being named coach, according to the source. ESPN.com

The Lakers have contacted five other coaches about the position -- Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and George Karl (although the phone call between Karl and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was characterized as more of a casual conversation than an interview). ESPN.com

While former Laker great Byron Scott has been considered the leading candidate for the position for weeks, having gone through two successful interviews with management already and also having received an endorsement from none other than Kobe Bryant last week, even he would likely need another interview before being named coach, according to the source. ESPN.com

NBA coaching sources tell ESPN.com that Blatt, like the majority of his peers, has a number of incentives in his new contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers contingent on regular-season and playoff success. Yet sources say that the incentives, over the life of the contract, could be worth up to $10 million, which is suddenly significant because Blatt figures to do a lot more winning than we might have projected a week ago after LeBron’s blockbuster announcement that he’s coming back to play for his home-state Cavs. ESPN.com

Three days ago, he was on top of the world when NBA superstar LeBron James announced he would return to Cleveland and play for the Cavaliers. "I've been parachuting from mountain top to mountain top in the last two months," Blatt told USA TODAY Sports. So, who is David Blatt? Who is the man who is going to coach the LeBron James? Born in Framingham, Mass. In 1959, Blatt is regarded as one the best basketball minds in the world. His journey from Framingham to Cleveland is remarkable and compelling, knocking down barriers along the way. USA Today Sports

July 13, 2014 Updates
July 12, 2014 Updates

They called him the Glove, one of the best defensive players ever to put on an NBA uniform. Gary Payton, a longtime friend of Bucks coach Jason Kidd, could be in the mix for a position on the team's coaching staff. Payton has been around during Bucks summer league practices this week and sat in the stands with Kidd, general manager John Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway during Friday's game between the Bucks and Cleveland Cavaliers. "I'm just seeing what kind of interest level he has in coaching at all, seeing where he's at," Kidd said Saturday. "You're talking about one of the best competitors in the game." Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

July 11, 2014 Updates

The Orlando Magic are about to accelerate their search for someone to coach their new NBA Development League affiliate, the Erie BayHawks. According to an industry source with knowledge of the process, members of the Magic's front office will conduct interviews with coaching candidates this upcoming workweek in Las Vegas, the site of the NBA Summer League and site of league meetings. Orlando Sentinel

July 10, 2014 Updates
July 9, 2014 Updates

Former longtime head coach Paul Westphal is finalizing a deal to become an assistant under Hollins, a source confirmed Wednesday. Westphal, 63, coached the Supersonics, Suns and Kings over 16 years. New York Daily News

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