Melvin Hunt Rumors

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Former Denver Nuggets coach Melvin Hunt is closing in on an agreement to join Rick Carlisle’s coaching staff in Dallas, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Hunt — who has also been courted strongly by the New Orleans Pelicans since the Nuggets chose to hire Mike Malone as their new full-time head coach — is expected to soon finalize a deal with Dallas to become Carlisle’s new top aide.
Denver general manager Tim Connelly conducted a sit-down with D’Antoni in California on Tuesday, league sources said. D’Antoni’s vaunted running game fits into Denver’s determination that it wants to play faster in the future. Melvin Hunt, the interim coach in the wake of Brian Shaw’s firing, remains a strong contender to retain the full-time job, league sources said.
Interviewed by Davide Chinellato of La Gazzetta dello Sport, Danilo Gallinari confirmed once again that he will play for the Italian National Team at Eurobasket during the summer. The goal for the Italian National is to qualify for the Olympic Games in Rio (at least for the pre-Olympic tournament). “Our goal is to qualify for Rio 2016” Il Gallo said. “A medal at Eurobasket would be amazing and I think it will be possible even if we are in the strongest group (the Group B in Berlin with Germany, Turkey, Serbia, Spain and Iceland). I feel I am a leader of the National Team. We know each other since we are very children. I hope the other three Italians in the NBA will be in the roster as well” added the Nuggets forward who hopes to have Melvin Hunt as head coach for next season too. “Our goal next season will be to make the playoffs. I hope Melvin Hunt will be our coach next season. He knows basketball very well, also European basketball, something that can make the difference in the NBA. He is a very positive person and he is great in motivating the players. I think he has the qualities to succeed as head coach” continued Gallinari
The Nuggets finished the season with Melvin Hunt as their interim head coach. He’s in the mix for the job along with others such as Mike D’Antoni and Alvin Gentry. The Nuggets have talked to other candidates as well. “We have a list of traits that we have identified that are incredibly important to us going forward,” Kroenke said. “And we’ve had several conversations with people already to kind of identify if those guys have the traits that we’re looking for.”
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Toronto general manager Masai Ujiri has recently said the Raptors organization is “going through the process” of evaluating the individuals in the program before making a decision on whether to retain head coach Dwane Casey another season. If Casey is let go, Nuggets interim coach Melvin Hunt could be among the names in contention there. Hunt and Ujiri worked together in Denver.
This week, the Nuggets turn up the heat on their search for a new coach. The process is expected to take most if not all of the month. The Nuggets are looking to replace Brian Shaw, who was fired in the second half of the season. Their list of candidates is believed to include, but is not limited to Melvin Hunt, who took over as interim head coach when Shaw was fired; former NBA head coach Mike D’Antoni; Golden State assistant coach Alvin Gentry; and Scott Brooks, recently fired as Oklahoma City coach. The Nuggets are looking for a coach who will institute a fast-paced style.
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While Monty Williams is under scrutiny in New Orleans, at least he has a contract for next season. His assistants, including the highly regarded Bryan Gates, do not. Assistant coaches are often forgotten when teams contemplate head coaching changes, and they’re especially at risk when — like Denver’s Melvin Hunt — they are elevated to interim head coach when an in-season change is made. Depending on what the Nuggets do with their coaching search, Hunt could wind up back with George Karl as an assistant in Sacramento, league sources said.
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Chris Dempsey: #Nuggets GM Tim Connelly on coaching search: “We’re going to be pretty patient. Certainly Melvin is going to be one of the finalists… I think he deserves that, he’s earned that. But we’re going to talk to anybody and everybody. Candidates that could potentially help us take the next step. Now that the season’s over we’ll start making some calls, both formally and informally.” #Nuggets

Magic, Nuggets looking beyond interim coaches

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Orlando Magic interim coach James Borrego and Denver Nuggets counterpart Melvin Hunt worked their final games in charge Wednesday night before their two teams formally launch coaching searches, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN.com this week that neither Orlando nor Denver, at this point, is expected to make their interim coach full-time, with both clubs interested in pursuing full-time successors to the ousted Jacque Vaughn and Brian Shaw from outside their respective organizations.
He credits the remaining staff, who have all taken on added responsibility, for keeping things together over the last month. “It’s a lot of stuff, but it’s manageable. I think when you put things in perspective, and you prioritize things and you have good people working with you — I’ve got Noel Gillespie who has a wealth of experience, I’ve got Patrick Mutombo, who is a quick study. “Our new video guy – Brian Boyle – has been great, figuring it out on the fly. John Beckett has been great. Al Harrington and Corsley Edwards, they’ve been my muscle. They bring a different edge. And then, the foreign guys, they lean on (Ognjen Stojakovic). So this really helps me as a coach. I don’t feel overwhelmed or that there’s so much coming at me at one time because my guys are catching a lot of that, and that helps.”