Rex Kalamian Rumors
Adrian Wojnarowski: Yahoo Sources: Toronto is finalizing an agreement to hire Rex Kalamian as an assistant coach. He had been on OKC’s staff for six seasons.
The Thunder has an array of video analysts, trainers and shooting instructors, but we’ll narrow it down to the five listed on their website as assistants – Rex Kalamian, Robert Pack, Mark Bryant, Mike Terpstra and Darko Rajokovic. At this point, none of the five have been relieved of duties. But Kalamian, Pack and Terpstra were very close to Scott Brooks. It’s likely they don’t return and possible they follow Brooks to another job, should he get one. All five remain candidates to stay, but two stick out as the most likely.
Who replaces them? Well, I keep hearing Popeye Jones and Nick Nurse, who coached Dallas’s D League team but here’s one that I couldn’t confirm anywhere but one that might make an awful lot of sense according to a couple of guys I know. Rex Kalamian, one of Dwane’s best friends who’s now on the Oklahoma City staff of Scott Brooks, whether he’d come or not on a one-year deal is the great unknown which is why I’m not nearly as confident about that possibility as I am about Popeye and Nurse.
Marc Stein: From NBA’s coaching grapevine: Heard tonight that new Pistons coach Mo Cheeks covets former OKC colleague Rex Kalamian as his top assistant