Bryan Gates Rumors

Some early names circulating on the front-office grapevine include Michael Malone, who was fired earlier this season in Sacramento. Malone was the lead assistant under Monty Williams in New Orleans when Connelly was there. Bryan Gates, a highly regarded assistant in New Orleans, would be an interesting candidate in the Dave Joerger mold — having won a D-League championship and four coach-of-the-year awards in the minors before paying his dues as an NBA assistant.
NBA head coaching jobs are the holy grail of the profession, with the highest-paid leading men with president titles making between $7 million (Stan Van Gundy) and $10 million (Doc Rivers) annually. (Gregg Popovich, who agreed to an extension with the Spurs this summer, lives in that neighborhood, too.) Last season, the average head coaching salary in the NBA was $3.05 million, according to industry data. But when Gates left his $100,000-a-year job as head coach of the Idaho Stampede to join the Kings, the reward for finally making it to the NBA was a 50 percent pay cut. This with a D-League championship and multiple coach-of-the-year awards on his resume.