Elston Turner Rumors
Joerger will have the autonomy to hire his own assistant coaching staff, and there’s doubt about his commitment to bringing members of his Grizzlies staff with him to the Kings, league sources said. Elston Turner is expected to join him, and another candidate – veteran NBA and college coach Bill Bayno – is likely to join Joerger on the bench as well, sources said.
Divac – who began the process by insisting he was hiring the person he deemed the best available coach for his franchise, not the best available coach for Cousins – also has met with Mark Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Elston Turner and others, and will meet with Henry Bibby on Monday. Yet according to sources within the organization, Divac has gained a sense of who he wants, is narrowing his handful-sized list, and checking it twice.
They plan to speak with at least four more candidates as well: Nate McMillan (former Seattle SuperSonics and Portland Trailblazers coach); now an associate head coach with the Indiana Pacers), Mark Jackson (former Golden State Warriors coach), Ettore Messina (renowned European coach, former Los Angeles Lakers assistant who is currently an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs), and Elston Turner (longtime assistant coach who spent four seasons with Kings president of basketball operations Vlade Divac in Sacramento and is currently on Dave Joerger’s staff in Memphis).