James Borrego Rumors
The Mavericks likewise expected former Magic and Hornets coach James Borrego to land on the Pelicans’ bench, as covered here May 8, so Saturday’s news that Borrego was indeed New Orleans-bound was another non-surprise in Dallas. Former Mavericks assistant Terry Stotts is likewise no longer an option after the former Hawks, Bucks and Blazers head coach agreed to return to Milwaukee as a member of Adrian Griffin’s staff. The Mavericks remain interested in former Suns and Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek to potentially join Kidd’s staff, league sources say, as I reported here on April 30.
James Borrego will be top assistant for Pelicans
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: James Borrego has agreed to become New Orleans’ associate head coach. Borrego spent four seasons as Charlotte’s head coach, including back-to-back play-in berths. Pelicans are eager to incorporate his offensive philosophy.
Jake Fischer: James Borrego was in the mix with Brooklyn, Milwaukee, Dallas in addition to NOLA. Kevin Ollie also drew interest from the Pelicans. With Terry Stotts another Bucks associate candidate, Frank Vogel’s signing in Phoenix has seemed to start the next layer of this coaching carousel.
Will Guillory: Can confirm the news that James Borrego will be joining the Pelicans staff as associate head coach, per source. @wojespn was first with the news. The Pels will also retain Jarron Collins on the staff.
James Borrego and Terry Stotts potential hires as assistants for Milwaukee
Griffin and the Bucks will now work toward securing veteran assistants for his coaching staff. Two potential candidates are former Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego and ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, according to the sources.
Horst’s search to replace Mike Budenholzer as head coach appears to be in no rush, suggesting the Bucks are exploring all options for the next person to guide Milwaukee’s title chase behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, who becomes eligible to sign a new contract extension in September. Monty Williams, recently fired from Phoenix following the Suns’ second-round defeat to Denver, is expected to factor prominently in Milwaukee’s decision process, but is also a candidate for the Philadelphia 76ers’ opening. Scott Brooks, the Portland assistant who previously held the head job in Washington and Oklahoma City, left a strong impression on Milwaukee during his meeting, sources told Yahoo Sports. Frank Vogel, who steered Los Angeles to the 2020 championship, is slated among the interviewees for the Bucks’ job this week, sources said. Former Hornets head coach James Borrego is another name to monitor for Milwaukee, while the Bucks are also interviewing candidates without previous experience leading an NBA bench.
Bucks given permission by Warriors to interview Kenny Atkinson
Adrian Wojnarowski: ESPN Sources: Milwaukee was granted permission to interview Golden State associate HC Kenny Atkinson. Some of other candidates expected to meet with Bucks on coaching job are Milwaukee associate HC Charles Lee, ex-Charlotte coach James Borrego. There will be additional candidates…