Fizdale may have his pick of the litter. According to a source, Fizdale was set to conduct his final interview with the Magic on Wednesday or Thursday. Fizdale already has interviewed with the Knicks, Suns, Hornets and Hawks. The Suns made the first hire Wednesday, choosing Utah assistant Igor Kokoskov. An NBA source said the Knicks are “zeroing in’’ on a choice. […] “There’s an army of fans in the league that just rave about [Fizdale],’’ an NBA executive said.
March 18, 2019 | 12:46 pm EDT Update
Bobby Marks: Would expect teams to take a hard look at claiming Christian Wood. The center has a $1.6M non-guaranteed contract for 19-20 with protection increased to 50% if not waived by the reg. season. Available to be claimed by all 29 teams at good value.
Marc J. Spears: Wouldn’t be surprised if free agent to be forward Christian Wood is claimed after being waived by the Bucks. Wood averaged 29.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.1 blocks for G-League Wisconsin. He would not be playoff eligible, but could be a solid pickup for the future.
Given Collin Sexton’s recent scoring binge, hitting the 20-point mark in five consecutive games — a feat not even reached by LeBron James during his rookie season — head coach Larry Drew’s “score-first point guard” label seems fitting. It’s also one that Sexton doesn’t mind. “I’m OK with it,” Sexton told cleveland.com. “But when it’s time for me to get into facilitating mode and I see Kevin (Love) and a few others haven’t touched the ball in a long time, have to make sure that I turn my scoring off and make sure I get them involved because we go as far as Kevin takes us. If Kevin is scoring then they have to play him and it opens up so much for everybody else.”
Veteran Channing Frye, who has been trying to mentor Sexton this season, agrees with Drew’s assessment. “There’s nothing wrong with that,” veteran Channing Frye said. “There’s only three or four pass-first guards in this league. For us it’s adjusting to that. For me, I played with a lot of pass-first guards and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. What (Collin) needs to do is understand that he is going to get around 20 shots a game. So listen, you don’t need to get all 20 in the first quarter, big fella. At the beginning, get your teammates involved and it’s going to make your job easier. If everyone’s focused on you, five people can guard one. If he’s guarded one-on-one, he’s pretty dang good. Just learning and evolving. At Alabama, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ High school, ‘Here’s the ball, go win us the game.’ Now it’s like you’ve got some All-Stars, you’ve got some really good players. You’ve got to get them involved early, you’ve got to feed ‘em a little bit. Give ‘em a slice of the burger.”
Andrew Scaglione: BREAKING: “Daniel Gafford is gonna declare for the NBA draft, and will hire an agent.” Coach Anderson confirms Gafford won’t play in the NIT.
Jim Reamer: Derrik Smits is transferring from Valparaiso University as a post grad w/ one year of eligibility remaining. The 7’1″ center (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 59.4 FG%) also plans to enter the NBA Draft process.