Larry Drew Rumors

On Wednesday night, Kidd returned to Brooklyn to face that hostile environment and scored a 122-118 victory for the Bucks in three overtimes. Amid the boos and heckling, the events surrounding Kidd’s departure from the Nets have invited scrutiny from league power brokers concerned about how much influence some agents have carved out within franchises, league sources told CBSSports.com. At issue is the role that Kidd’s longtime agent during his playing career, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management, played in Kidd’s attempt to achieve personnel authority with the Nets — and, when the power play failed, his role in ultimately landing Kidd a handsome raise to supplant a coach, Larry Drew, who had not yet been fired in Milwaukee.
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Facing a 5 p.m. Monday deadline to reduce their roster to a maximum of 15 players, the Miami Heat on Thursday released rookie guards Tyler Johnson and Larry Drew and Hialeah-born forward Shawn Jones. The moves leave the Heat with 16 players on their preseason roster. Of the players released Thursday, Johnson was the most intriguing. Johnson, who went undrafted out of Fresno State in June, impressed the Heat with his athletic play during summer league to the degree that they offered him a $75,000 guarantee to attend training camp.
Word leaked out that the Nets had given permission to Milwaukee to speak to Kidd, without the knowledge of either Bucks general manager John Hammond or Drew. Kidd was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract a few days later. “From their (the owners’) standpoint, there’s no set time for these type of things,” Drew said in an interview with the Journal Sentinel. “It caught me in a position when I least expected it. But I know how these things work. I don’t have any hard feelings, any grudges against anybody. “Marc (Lasry) called me and I just wished him luck. I’ve got to keep moving forward.”
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.
One person intimately involved with coaching searches and hires said actively pursuing a job that isn’t available is something you simply don’t go. The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the Bucks transactions. The person also said it’s fine to do due diligence about a job that could open but that’s as far it should go.
Milwaukee Bucks general manager John Hammond received some support from the team’s new ownership group after the lottery drawing Tuesday night. Wesley Edens and Marc Lasry sat in the front row with family members during the lottery telecast, while Hammond and assistant general manager David Morway were a few rows away. Edens said Hammond would continue as the team’s general manager for the near future but avoided making a firm commitment in the long term. Hammond has two years remaining on his contract, as does coach Larry Drew, who suffered through a 15-67 finish in his first year with Milwaukee. “This is like Day 3 since we’ve been the owners of it,” Edens said. “We’re very focused on the draft and working with these guys closely. “We’re very happy to have those guys working with us.”
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Appearing on The Big 920’s Mike Heller Show with Heller and Ted Davis on Friday afternoon, Stein didn’t claim to have all the answers on how Lasry and Edens will approach their first summer in charge, but he did offer his best guess on the most pressing question facing the organization ahead of the all-important 2014 draft: “Well it’s obviously early in the game, we’re just getting to know these guys, although Marc Lasry is a fairly well known person in NBA circles. Not personally by me, but I know a fair few people around the league know him. “The early sense I get, and again I want to stress this is early and by no means binding, but the early sense I get is that I think John Hammond and Larry Drew will have a chance to stay in place and kind of show what they’ve got. I don’t foresee changes between now and the draft, but I think if the coaching carousel that we’ve seen so far has taught us anything, what might seem like the most reliable rumbles or whispers don’t always play out… “I think we have to find out more about the new owners, but at this point the early word going around is don’t be surprised if Larry Drew and John Hammond have a chance to stick around and make their case basically.”