Shams Charania: The Toronto Raptors interviewed Jerry Stackhouse, head coach of G League affiliate Raptors 905, last week in Chicago for the team’s head coach opening, league sources tell Yahoo.
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Kristian Winfield: Masai Ujiri on Raptors coaching search: “It’s a tough place because you have to find that balance. But you can’t always think of the team now, you also have to think of the future.. You have think of the vision as a whole.”
Adrian Wojnarowski: Toronto met with Budenholzer on Monday, but never made him an offer, sources tell ESPN.
Josh Lewenberg: Mike Budenholzer chooses Milwaukee, per Woj. Not a surprise (see my previous tweets). I get the sense that Nick Nurse is the current favourite for the Raptors job, although Rex Kalamian and Jerry Stackhouse are in the running, among others.
The Raptors opened talks with Budenholzer over the weekend, and those conversations were continuing Monday, league sources said. The Bucks considered Budenholzer their front-runner after the opening round of interviews and are working to re-engage him in talks that will include ownership, league sources said.
After the dismissal of highly successful coach Dwane Casey, Toronto is selling the returning core of a 59-win Eastern Conference No. 1 seed, a past NBA Executive of the Year in Masai Ujiri and a streamlined ownership group with immense resources and a willingness to spend. Milwaukee is selling a transcendent young star in Giannis Antetokounmpo, a solid supporting cast and the opening of a new downtown arena next season.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Mike Budenholzer has emerged as the focus of the Milwaukee and Toronto coaching searches, league sources tell ESPN. Raptors are opening conversations with Budenholzer and Bucks will re-engage with him early this week, sources said.
Former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer is on the Raptors radar, according to sources. He’s widely respected for his expertise on both sides of the ball and led the Hawks to four straight playoff appearances (prior to this year) including the No.1 seed in the East and a 60-22 record in 2015.
David Aldridge: Raptors assistants Rex Kalamian, Nick Nurse will get consideration for head coach job, per source, along with Mike Budenholzer and others. Kalamian/Nurse each highly regarded, veteran coaches who’ve been part of young player development in Toronto.
Josh Lewenberg: Masai said he’s not ruling anyone out for the job opening, will consider experienced candidates and younger candidates. “We’ll look everywhere.” He says the current assistant are still with them “for now”. Some of them will get interviews for the Raps gig.
Eric Koreen: Masai says DeMar or Kyle had no say over firing, and they haven’t even had those conversations.
Marc Stein: Raptors president Masai Ujiri has strong interest in former Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer, according to coaching sources. Dwane Casey, meanwhile, is likely to emerge as a contender for one or two of the league’s other four vacancies.
Rod Beard: Keep in mind that if the #Raptors want to stay with a familiar face, #Raptors905 coach Jerry Stackhouse is a name that’s been floating around in recent coaching searches.
Former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer is expected to get a close inspection for the Raptors opening, league sources said. Budenholzer met with Milwaukee on Tuesday, league sources said.
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May 24, 2018 | 11:04 pm EDT Update
With David Fizdale bringing in his own staff, three Knicks assistants from last season – Jerry Sichting, Corey Gaines and Dave Bliss – won’t return to the team, the Daily News has learned. Video coordinator Pat Licursi is also gone, sources said.
Fizdale is expected to hire Keith Smart as his lead assistant. Other candidates for the bench, according to reports, include Jud Buechler, Pat Sullivan, Royal Ivey and Pat Delaney. Howard Eisley, who was an assistant under Jeff Hornacek, could remain on the staff.
May 24, 2018 | 9:58 pm EDT Update
The Utah Jazz could be pretty much the same team in 2018-19 as it was last season, but the franchise won’t be afraid to make improvements even if it puts them into NBA’s luxury tax territory. That’s the message Utah GM Dennis Lindsey had Thursday in a wide-ranging interview at the Utah Jazz basketball campus.