Darvin Ham: Ham has a diverse résumé of NBA experiences. He’s won a title as a player on the 2004 Detroit Pistons. He coached the Albuquerque Thunderbirds of what was then the D-League. He’s been an assistant with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he has been one of Mike Budenholzer’s top assistants in Atlanta and Milwaukee for seven seasons. He recently interviewed with the Clippers and Pacers for their head coaching vacancies. “He’s almost overqualified,” an Eastern Conference scout said of Ham interviewing for the job. “He has presence, he’s sharp, and he’s played for good coaches.”
Charles Lee: Lee, 35, is considered one of the top young assistants in the NBA. He’s worked six years with Budenholzer in Atlanta and Milwaukee and took on more responsibility with the Bucks when Taylor Jenkins left for the Memphis head coaching job in 2019. Lee has played an integral part in the Bucks’ opponent scouting and player development. He works closely with Khris Middleton, who has earned consecutive All-Star selections. “He’s talented and has a very good presence about him,” an Eastern Conference scout told The Athletic about Lee. “He can relate to all walks of life and different backgrounds of people.”
The last of the league’s nine coaching vacancies is in Oklahoma City. Will Hardy, an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, Charles Lee from the Milwaukee Bucks’ staff and Mark Daigneault, an assistant coach with the Thunder, are among the candidates who have received strong consideration for the post. Other outlets have mentioned the Thunder assistant coach Brian Keefe and the former Nets assistant Will
Brian Windhorst: The Thunder are beginning to look at a rebuild, which is one of the reasons why Billy Donovan did not stay. So with the expectation this could be a first-time head coach. Some of the names that I've heard: David Vanterpool, who is an assistant with the Timberwolves. Adrian Griffin, who's been a candidate for jobs over the years, recently with Toronto. And watch out for a sleeper candidate: Will Hardy, assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, a lot of people are very high on him.
Brandon Rahbar: My two big takeaways from Presti’s media call: 1. Without knowing when the season will start or what the salary cap looks like, Presti will wait before making any coach or roster decisions. 2. He likes Donovan. But with OKC’s future in the air, change was best for both sides.
Oklahoma City Thunder have picked up the option on coach Billy Donovan's contract for the 2019-20 season, the final year on his original five-year deal, a league source told ESPN.
Thunder Executive VP and GM Sam Presti has worked closely with Donovan, whom he hired out of Florida three years ago, and considered the guaranteeing of the contract largely a formality. It is possible that a strong playoff performance could move the organization to pursue a contract extension with Donovan, but his contract is now guaranteed through next season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The Oklahoma City Thunder has picked up option on Coach Billy Donovan's contract for the 2019-20 season, the fifth year on his original deal, league source tells ESPN. Donovan is the fourth winningest coach with same team over his four years, behind Kerr, Popovich and Stevens.
May 13, 2021 | 9:32 pm EDT Update
Brian Robb: Celtics have officially locked up the No. 7 seed in East with losses tonight by Hornets and Pacers. They will host No. 8 seed on Tuesday night at Garden in play-in tournament.
Scott Agness: Bucks continue their dominance over the Pacers, winning 142-133. Pacers severely undermanned. T.J. McConnell scored a career-high 23pts. JHoliday (had his best offensive night as a Pacer: 26pts, 8 made 3s. Giannis with 40/15. Up next: vs Lakers on Sat.
Law Murray: 113-90 Clippers win in Charlotte means that Phoenix won’t be clinching the division tonight. Clippers in Houston tomorrow. They’re done with the Eastern Conference… unless they win the Western Conference Finals.
Mirjam Swanson: Nic Batum on Ty’s insistence that he let it fly: “I just let the game come to me, I just try to make the right play… I don’t try to force. I haven’t shot in five minutes, I have to take a shot. No.”
May 13, 2021 | 9:13 pm EDT Update
Last week, The Post reported that Webber’s return for next year was very much in question. There had been no contract negotiations. There was a feeling that TNT did not want him back and maybe he didn’t want to return.
Nick Friedell: JTA: “I’m a Warrior for life. Regardless if I’m here the rest of my career or I’m just here for another year, this is always going to be a part of my heart and a part of me…I grew up idolizing Larry Hughes, now I get to play with Stephen Curry.”