Ian Begley: Atlanta coach Mike Budenholzer will meet with the New York Knicks on Sunday, per league sources.
Mike Vorkunov: Knicks have received permission to talk to Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, a league source confirmed. They intend to talk sometime soon, but not sure when. Might be as early as this weekend. Budenholzer had already met with Suns. @Michael Cunningham first with the news.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has withdrawn from consideration for the Phoenix Suns head coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.
Budenholzer met with Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and owner Robert Sarver over the two days, league sources said, after Atlanta granted him permission to meet with Phoenix late last week.
The Hawks and Budenholzer are both open to ending their partnership, but there are several hurdles that would need to be cleared before that could happen -- including the Suns making an offer, agreeing to a contract, and possibile compensation to Atlanta.
The Suns are considering several head-coaching candidates, but have largely been focused on getting to know Budenholzer -- who is a native of Arizona -- in recent days, league sources said. Phoenix has had informal conversations with former head coaches Steve Clifford (Charlotte), Frank Vogel (Orlando and Indiana) and David Blatt (Cleveland), sources said. The Suns are still considering interim coach Jay Triano.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer has been meeting with Phoenix Suns management and ownership on Monday and Tuesday, and a sense is expected to emerge soon whether there is a pathway to Budenholzer becoming the Suns’ next head coach, league sources tell ESPN.
Budenholzer is planning to meet with Suns officials early next week, league sources said. A native of Arizona, Budenholzer permission to meet with Suns about head coach opening has two years, $14 million-plus left on his contract.
September 22, 2021 | 10:31 am EDT Update
Adrian Wojnarowski: Free agent G Chasson Randle is signing a training camp deal with the Phoenix Suns, source tells ESPN.
Griffin’s hiring was supposed to mark a new chapter in the history of professional basketball in New Orleans. But 2½ years into his time in charge, he is running out of chances to make things right. He has failed to form a solid relationship with his most important player, and he has already fired two head coaches, one of whom he hand-picked. How did so much go wrong so quickly? What follows is an account of Griffin’s tenure in New Orleans, based on conversations with more than a dozen current and former team employees.
Throughout his rookie season, Williamson had grown increasingly frustrated with the Pelicans for the number of hoops they required him to jump through to return from the knee injury he suffered in the preseason. The team initially provided a return-to-play timetable of six to eight weeks, but it took more than three months for Williamson to get back on the floor. When he was finally given the thumbs up to play, he was placed on “burst” limits, which he detested. The way Williamson’s return was handled caused significant tension between him and the team’s medical staff, sources said.
Williamson’s relationship with Griffin had also begun to sour. Although they communicate infrequently now, Griffin tried hard in Williamson’s rookie year to forge a bond. One example: During the Pelicans’ bubble stay, Griffin asked to meet with Williamson and played the piano for him.
Several prominent voices in the NBA agent community said they have had positive interactions with Griffin over the years, including Mark Bartelstein, the founder of Priority Sports and Entertainment. “I’ve worked with David in his days in Phoenix, his days in Cleveland and now New Orleans,” Bartelstein said. “I’ve engaged in all kinds of transactions and scenarios on a wide variety of subjects. I’ve had nothing but good experiences. That doesn’t mean we always agree on everything. That’s all part of the business.
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today a new partnership with Crypto.com, the fastest-growing crypto platform with more than 10 million users worldwide, designating the crypto company as the team’s official jersey patch partner. The partnership is also Crypto.com’s first in the NBA. To tip off the partnership, the 76ers will be launching their first-ever non-fungible token (NFT), available for fans to purchase through Crypto.com NFT. “We are thrilled to launch a long-term partnership with such a progressive team at Crypto.com, a company that shares our drive for greatness,” said Chris Heck, 76ers President of Business Operations. “Crypto.com will be woven into the fabric of our identity, and together, we will change the landscape for how crypto is integrated in sports. We will also leverage Crypto.com’s forward-thinking, global expertise to unveil our first-ever NFT program. These are the types of creative, innovative partnerships that we crave, and we’re thrilled to share this with our fans in Philadelphia and around the world for years to come.”