HoopsHype Ettore Messina rumors

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The speculation of Utah possibly hiring Ettore Messina definitely has legs. Messina, currently the head coach of CSKA Moscow, is well respected in the coaching fraternity and, more important, has a great rapport with some Utah front office officials. Racine Journal-Times

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After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation from the Lakers, Ettore Messina is mentioned even as a candidate for the coaching job in Los Angeles. So, it’s a fact that this is the last European season of coach Messina, but his main option at this point seems to be the top assistant of Gregg Popovich. According to Eurohoops sources close to the situation, Messina has already informed CSKA Moscow that he is leaving in the summer, despite having a contract for one more season. Don’t be surprised if CSKA just lets him walk and give him their blessings. The same thing happened in the past with Andrey Kirilenko and retired European star Thodoris Papaloukas. Both of them had contracts, but Kirilenko was able to return to the NBA late in the summer of 2012, even with his NBA out clause expired, and Papaloukas left for his home country, Greece, and Olympiacos in the summer of 2008, despite having two years left in his contract with Moscow. EuroHoops.net

Eric Pincus: Ettore Messina on Lakers "I am just glad if I left good memories of my season there. But I guess there is nothing more than that and it would be inappropriate to make any comment about the situation" Twitter @EricPincus

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