HoopsHype John Loyer rumors
The timing of the Mavs' lone visit of the season to Detroit was fortuitous for two old friends. Former Mavs assistant coach Scott Roth, who forged a close bond with Nowitzki during Dirk's early seasons as a member of Don Nelson's first coaching staff with the Mavs, was just hired by Detroit this week to hop onto the bench beside Pistons interim coach John Loyer … and serve as Nowitzki's welcoming committee at The Palace. ESPN.com
The trade deadline is 3 p.m. Thursday, less than 24 hours after the Charlotte back-to-back. The Pistons have several potential trade pieces with Rodney Stuckey and Charlie Villanueva approaching unrestricted free agency, and Greg Monroe restricted free agency this summer. They have rebuffed Monroe talks and need Stuckey for the stretch. Villanueva could have value if the Pistons are willing to take on a longer-term contract. It's more likely that the Pistons don't make a major deal and Loyer said he made it clear that the postseason objective remains unchanged during his first meeting with the team after replacing Cheeks last weekend. Booth Newspapers
Vincent Ellis: Tardy with this, but Maz Trakh will be coaching #Pistons summer team. Cheeks brought him from OKC. Bernard Smith, John Loyer also on staff. Twitter @Vincent_Ellis56
Assistant coach John Loyer has been given permission to talk to the Detroit Pistons about joining new head coach Lawrence Frank's staff and he is expected to decide in the next day or two whether he will be leaving the Nets, according to a person familiar with the Pistons' interest in Loyer. The person requested not to be identified because they are not authorized to speak for Loyer or the Pistons. Newark Star-Ledger
The Nets may have an announcement to make by the end of the week about the coach for their D-League affiliate, the Springfield Armor, according to someone who is familiar with the Nets' plans. The person requested anonymity because the Nets have not yet made the announcement. Newark Star-Ledger
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