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August 5, 2014 Updates

Michael Scotto: Becky Hammon has been hired by the Spurs as an assistant coach. Hammon ranks 4th in assists, 6th in games and 7th in points in WNBA history. Twitter @MikeAScotto

The San Antonio Spurs today announced that Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach. Per club policy terms of the contract were not announced. Hammon, who is currently in her 16th WNBA season, announced on July 23 that she would retire as a player at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Named one of the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time in July of 2011, Hammon ranks seventh in WNBA history in points (with 5,809), fourth in assists (1,687) and sixth in games (445). NBA.com

“I’m kind of just there, a fly on the wall soaking up how they run things over there in the film sessions,” Hammon told the Express-News’ Mike Monroe. “I get a lot out of their film sessions, just listening to the coaches go back and forth on what they think is happening on certain plays. San Antonio Express-News

“I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff,” said Spurs Head Coach Gregg Popovich. “Having observed her working with our team this past season, I’m confident her basketball IQ, work ethic and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs.” WNBA.com

The Hawks hired Neven Spahija (pronounced NEV-in SPA-hee-ah) as an assistant coach Monday. Spahija, a Croatia native, has nearly 30 years of international coaching experiences, most recently as head coach of Croatia’s Cibona Zagreb. “Neven is one of the most successful coaches in Europe and we’re thrilled to add him to our staff,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “As an organization, we have great respect for international basketball and we will benefit tremendously from his perspective and his wealth of experience.” Atlanta Journal-Constitution

August 4, 2014 Updates

The Atlanta Hawks have named Neven Spahija an assistant coach, it was announced today by President of Basketball Operations/General Manager Danny Ferry. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. “Neven is one of the most successful coaches in Europe and we’re thrilled to add him to our staff,” said Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer. “As an organization, we have great respect for international basketball and we will benefit tremendously from his perspective and his wealth of experience.” NBA.com

August 3, 2014 Updates

It appears that former Bucks coach Larry Drew, fired in controversial fashion last month when Jason Kidd decided to pursue the job, is making progress in joining David Blatt’s staff with the Cavaliers. Drew has ties with Blatt, who contacted him soon after he was fired by Milwaukee. Drew would join the staff that features associate head coach Tyronn Lue, who was an assistant with the Celtics under Doc Rivers. Former Celtic James Posey was on the Cavaliers’ summer league staff after coaching in the NBADL last season. Boston Globe

August 2, 2014 Updates

Sam Cassell is leaving the Washington Wizards after five seasons to take an assistant coaching position with the Los Angeles Clippers, people with knowledge of the situation confirmed Saturday. Cassell joined the Wizards as a member of Flip Saunders’s staff in 2009, one year after winning a third championship in Boston with Doc Rivers, the current president and coach of the Clippers. Washington Post

Jared Zwerling: Hearing Sam Cassell will become a Clippers assistant coach. Announcement to come this week. Clippers had been trying to get him (post Lue). Twitter @JaredZwerling

John Calipari filled the last remaining spot on his basketball staff at Kentucky Friday when the school named former Auburn coach Tony Barbee as special assistant to the head coach. But interestingly, on the Jalen and Jacoby podcast July 25, ESPN analyst and former NBA player Jalen Rose would neither confirm nor deny rumors that he was contacted by Kentucky to fill one of those vacancies. "I plead the fifth," Rose said. "But what I will say, I have a terrific job. It would have to be a special opportunity." 247Sports.com

August 1, 2014 Updates
July 31, 2014 Updates

With a great NBA resume and a place in the Hall of Fame as a player, Gary Payton's name has come up for coaching work. The Glove goes on record and is "interested" in a job on the bench in the NBA. FoxSports.com

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