Chris Haynes: The Los Angeles Lakers have informed coach Frank Vogel that he’s being relieved of his duties, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Dave McMenamin: The Lakers have not dismissed any of the Lakers coaching staff along with Vogel at this time, league sources told ESPN.
Josh Robbins: In his press conference, Jeff Weltman did not offer specific reasons why Frank Vogel was fired today or many specifics about the qualities he'll look for from Vogel's successor.
The Magic announced Vogel’s dismissal at 8:47 a.m., a few minutes after Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman met with Vogel inside the team’s Amway Center offices. “We would like to thank Frank for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” Weltman said in a statement. “We appreciate the sacrifices he made as head coach and certainly wish him and his family well going forward.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Orlando has fired coach Frank Vogel, league sources tell ESPN.
Paul George: To one of the most influential men in my life! Our relationship and love doesn't end here.. Thank you for the journey and the memories we shared together! This pic sums up our relationship the best.. You talk I listen... And we figure it out together! Look forward to the wink the first basket I make while you're coaching against me #Togetherness
Dimissing Vogel is Bird’s prerogative, but, hey, come on, do it with some class, huh? Letting Vogel twist in the wind for days was embarrassing, and it didn’t go unnoticed. “So [expletive] up,” a head coach told The Vertical. “Complete garbage,” said a high-ranking NBA executive. “You want to go in a different direction, do it with some dignity.”
The Donovan-Vogel-Pitino connections are clear, plus the Thunder's lead assistant coaching position is still in flux headed into next season. Thunder lead assistant Monty Williams is not expected to be with the Thunder coaching staff going into 2016-17 following the death of his wife, Ingrid, in February. "I think Frank is an outstanding coach," Donovan said. "He's a great guy. I've got a good relationship with him. "I don't know all the dynamics there (in Indiana), but I've got all the respect for him and I've always had a really good relationship with him through the years because of our ties and both of us working for Coach Pitino.”
Candace Buckner: Frank Vogel statement: "I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the Simon family, Larry Bird and the entire Indiana Pacers organization for giving me the opportunity to serve as the head coach of this team for the past six seasons. This is one of the top-flight organizations in the National Basketball Association and I truly enjoyed every minute I spent as the leader of this group of men. During my time with the Pacers, we made a lot of positive memories and none of that would have been possible without the support of Larry, the front office and all of the players I had the opportunity to coach. We consistently battled through thick and thin, and that is something that I am very proud of. Lastly, I want to give a huge thanks to Pacers fans in Indiana and across the country. You all have treated my family and me with kindness and class throughout our time here and I can't thank you enough for that. My family and I consider Indianapolis home and this community will always hold a special place in our hearts."
Vogel tried to talk Bird out of his decision, Bird said, but ultimately Bird decided it was time for a new voice. Dimissing Vogel is Bird’s prerogative, but, hey, come on, do it with some class, huh? Letting Vogel twist in the wind for days was embarrassing, and it didn’t go unnoticed. “So [expletive] up,” a head coach told The Vertical. “Complete garbage,” said a high-ranking NBA executive. “You want to go in a different direction, do it with some dignity.” Vogel won’t hit back, of course. It’s not his style. He’ll thank Indiana, thank Bird, and move on.
He will get paid, which is something that never would have happened in Indiana. Vogel made $2.5 million last season, peanuts by today’s coaching standards. The five-year, $35 million deal Scott Brooks signed with Washington last month is a fair benchmark for Vogel, and make no mistake: This year or next, he will get something in that neighborhood.
Steve Aschburner: FWIW: At a recent Bird-McHale dinner, coaching the Pacers was not a topic, league source told me.
The New Neon Joe: Great Coach. Great guy. Any team would be lucky to have him. He'll be fine. #Vogel
Candace Buckner: Larry Bird: "There's s lot of people that want this job and I know why... We're Hoosiers and we treat people good."
Ken Berger: According to coaching sources, it's not inconceivable that every team that still has a vacancy will pursue Frank Vogel.
“It’s time for a new voice around here,” Bird said at a press conference today. “Sometimes my job really sucks, and this is one of the toughest things I’ve done.”
Nate Taylor: Larry Bird: "Frank is not getting fired. His contract is up. I made the decision not to renew it."
August 16, 2022 | 2:22 am EDT Update
Chris Haynes: Minnesota Timberwolves star Rudy Gobert will face the Utah Jazz for the first time on Oct. 21 in Minnesota and will return to Utah for the first time as an opponent on Dec. 9, league sources tell @YahooSports.
Marc Stein: The Knicks are scheduled to be in Dallas for former Mavericks guard Jalen Brunson’s return to Big D on Dec. 27, league sources tell me, two days after New York hosts Philadelphia on Christmas. More NBA from me: marcstein.Substack.com
Sean Cunningham: The Sacramento Kings will be opening the 2022-23 NBA season on the home court of Golden 1 Center against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 19th, according to sources. @CarmichaelDave first to report.
Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”