HoopsHype Nate McMillan rumors


May 11, 2013 Updates

The list of known candidates for the Pistons' coaching vacancy, currently at four, appears poised to swell to five. Sources say that Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker will soon get an interview for the position vacated by Lawrence Frank. The Pistons have already interviewed the available Nate McMillan, Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter, Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer and Rockets assistant J.B. Bickerstaff. ESPN.com

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The Brooklyn Nets have contacted Phil Jackson about replacing the outgoing P.J. Carlesimo, according to a source. After Jackson, the source says the list of current Nets' candidates consists of Larry Brown and Brian Shaw. Neither Nate McMillan nor brothers Jeff and Stan Van Gundy is on the list, the source said. That could change if the Nets fail to land one of their top three choices. ESPN.com

So far, the Sixers plan to interview Malone and Jazz assistant Jeff Hornacek for the job vacated when Doug Collins stepped down and moved into an advisory role after the season. The organization also has shown interest in Budenholzer, who has interviewed for the Pistons opening, as did former Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan and Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter. CBSSports.com

The candidates known to have received interviews are former SuperSonics and Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, Phoenix Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter and San San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer. The source added that, if Dumars thinks it would be productive, Jackson would participate in some of the candidate interviews this week. Detroit Free Press

May 5, 2013 Updates

The Milwaukee Bucks are planning interviews with Nate McMillan and Kelvin Sampson this week for the franchise's head-coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. McMillan and Sampson, a Houston Rockets assistant, are two of Milwaukee general manager John Hammond's top candidates for the job, league sources said. Yahoo! Sports

May 2, 2013 Updates

The Pistons are pursuing Sampson and McMillan, the former Trail Blazers coach, sources said. Team president Joe Dumars has long admired McMillan, and owner Tom Gores is taking a leading role in the search. "He's looking to put his stamp on this one," a person familiar with Gores' approach said. CBSSports.com

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But there is a belief around the league that McMillan will wait to see what happens with the Sacramento-Seattle drama. If the league approves the relocation to the Pacific Northwest, it would be a natural public relations coup for the ownership group to bring back a former Sonic to lead from the bench. The New York Daily News, citing unnamed sources, said McMillan is the top candidate for the Detroit job. And after the Free Press reported this week the Pistons would be interested in former Piston Lindsey Hunter, 97.1-FM’s Matt Dery reported Wednesday evening that Hunter, the Suns coach, has asked for permission to interview with the Pistons. Detroit Free Press

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A source close to former Miami and Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy said Van Gundy has no interest in coaching any of the three current openings in the NBA: in Philadelphia, Detroit or Cleveland. Ex-Portland and Seattle coach Nate McMillan might have some interest in the Cavs' job, but if the Sacramento Kings move to Seattle, he'd be earmarked for that position. Former Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles is available. He's hard-nosed and a defensive coach, but he is known to wear down everyone around him with his relentless style. News-Herald

April 18, 2013 Updates

Nate McMillan is the early speculative favorite on the list of coaches Dumars might consider. Like a prime Tiger Woods in a golf tournament, size of field could be the former Seattle and Portland coach's biggest obstacle. The Van Gundy brothers also might hold some intrigue. Among those who have not been NBA head coaches, Brian Shaw, a perennial bridesmaid for head-coaching jobs, and Kelvin Sampson also might fit the profile of coaches Dumars might consider. Booth Newspapers

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