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.
June 18, 2021 | 11:16 pm EDT Update
Lowe and Sixers analyst Spike Eskin discussed Simmons’ plummeting trade value on this week’s edition of The Lowe Post. His lack of shooting and floor spacing during the playoffs might be impacting his utility and the price he could draw on the NBA market. “I have news for Philly fans, the GMs of the other teams watch the playoffs very very closely. And there are definitely teams that I have talked to in the last 48 hours who were once in on Simmons, who say, at lease to me, it could be posturing, “eh, we’re a little less in than we used to be.”
Of course, the Knicks could also look to package those picks in a trade for a star player. Including this draft, New York has five first-round picks in the next three drafts. So the club has plenty of draft capital to use in a trade. If a star like Damian Lillard somehow becomes available via trade, New York would have to offer that draft capital in any trade conversations with Portland.
Tom Moore: #Sixers forward Tobias Harris on how the team bounced back from crushing Game 5 loss: ‘When you lose and have expectations, everybody has something to say.’ He said he turned his cell phone off.
Noah Levick: Doc Rivers: Sixers told Tyrese Maxey before the game he’d be on the floor late with Ben Simmons, since the Sixers would need a ball handler. “I thought this was the best defensive night of the season for him. Just really proud of him.”