Tatum wasn’t the only one who felt this way. Mazzula interviewed for the Jazz’s head coach vacancy this summer. Utah, led by former Celtics GM Danny Ainge, instead hired Hardy — but then tried hiring Mazzulla as his lead assistant, according to sources familiar with the situation. The Celtics had already planned on elevating Mazzulla to Hardy’s role, but, in the wake of Utah’s pursuit, also handed him a raise.
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For now, Harrison Barnes believes he is right where he belongs, but he joked that he follows the latest trade news from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, just in case. “You know how the NBA is,” Barnes said. “I check Woj. I check Shams. They’ve still got me here, so as far as I’m concerned, this is where I’m supposed to be and I’m going to give it my best effort.”
Barnes has been the frequent subject of trade speculation over the past two seasons. He has heard the rumors, but he said it doesn’t cause a distraction for him at this stage in his career. “That’s just part of the business,” Barnes said. “I don’t really pay too much attention to that. The biggest thing is just getting ready for opening night. That’s my focus. The guys on this court, the coaching staff, us building that trust now so, when things get going and adversity hits, you have a base of relationships that you draw on.”
Rod Boone: Steve Clifford said Gordon Hayward banged his knee in practice and has been limited. Hayward isn’t happy they’re sitting him. “He wants to play. He’s actually a little upset about it, but it doesn’t make any sense to me and it doesn’t make any sense to (trainer) Joe (Sharpe).”