The Sixers plan for a head coach will focus on LA Clippers assistant Ty Lue, sources said. Lue won a championship in 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coach, and his ability to challenge and command the respect of high-level players makes him attractive to the Sixers -- and others -- in this job market.
The search is expected to expand beyond those two candidates, but Lue fits the profile of an extremely limited pool of candidates with championship, playoff and high-profile star coaching experience.
Keep an eye on the following potential coaching candidates, according to sources: 76ers assistant Ime Udoka, Clippers assistant Ty Lue, Villanova’s Jay Wright, and former Grizzlies and Kings coach Dave Joerger.
September 24, 2021 | 11:44 am EDT Update
Sarah K. Spencer: Hawks GM Travis Schlenk says it’s still the hope to get something done with Kevin Huerter by the start of this season, regarding an extension. Says negotiations are still ongoing.
Michael Singer: Michael Porter Jr.’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, to @denverpost regarding a contract extension: “Tim (Connelly) and I talk all the time, we have a great relationship.” So, yes, talks are ongoing. denverpost.com/2021/09/23/nug…
The Portland Trail Blazers have signed forward/center Marquese Chriss, guard Quinn Cook, forward Patrick Patterson and guard Dennis Smith Jr. to training camp contracts and guard/forward Keljin Blevins to a two-way contract, it was announced today by president of basketball operations Neil Olshey. Portland will begin its training camp with Media Day on Monday, September 27 followed by the team’s first practice on Tuesday, September 28. Training camp practice times will be relayed at a later date.
Brandon Rahbar: Sam Presti emphasizes that the Thunder won’t take any shortcuts in this rebuilding process. In other words, go ahead and trash your Karl-Anthony Towns and Ben Simmons trade machine results.
Brandon Rahbar: Sam Presti on Derrick Favors: “He brings defense and physicality. I’m excited to see how he fits. We’ll have to see how the season unfolds. But I think he can help the team absolutely. We’re excited about having him.”
Brandon Rahbar: Presti: “When we’re playing beautiful basketball in Oklahoma City and the fans are on fire, we’re gonna look back when Shai hit that shot against Charlotte and say ‘wait this guy could be pretty good.'” That was a game winner in the final moments in SGA’s first game as THE guy.