Kokoskov, currently the head coach of Fenerbahce Beko, thinks that Phoenix’s decision to go with Ayton instead of Doncic had already been made in advance prior to his hiring (on May 2018). “I don’t think it’s a fair question because we have to support each other in terms of… It’s easy right now from this perspective… blame for somebody else,” Kokoskov told Eurohoops when asked if he wanted to get Doncic with the first pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. “I was there. I coached Luka on the Slovenian national team. I think that the decision was predetermined before I got there. Again, I don’t think it’s fair for me to blame and point the finger at somebody else, but I really sleep well every night. I have peaceful dreams, no problem with my conscience. ”
As a 7-footer who can shoot from the perimeter, Kaminsky believes there’s a place for him on an NBA roster. He’d like it to be in Phoenix, where he can be the primary backup to Ayton at center. “I’ve had some really good stretches in my career but I haven’t put it together for an extended period of time and that’s something I know I can do and something I keep working towards,” Kaminsky said. “I know it’s going to happen one day, so I’m going to keep working for that and that’s really how my first five years have gone.”
Storyline: Frank Kaminsky Free Agency
Five years later, Kaminsky would like to take that advice and pay it forward the rest of his career. “That’s something that I would love to be one day, a veteran presence that people can look up to,” Kaminsky said. “He really set the example for everybody, not just on the court. Off the court, you cannot speak more highly just how good he was to everybody in the organization, from training staff to the support staff to the video guys, just to everybody, how he includes everybody and makes them feel comfortable and part of something. That’s something I want to be one day.”
Goran Dragic still vividly remembers his first meeting with Pat Riley. Then an All-NBA Third Team guard coming off a 48-win season in Phoenix, Dragic was acquired by the Heat in February 2015 as a third star to pair with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. Riley, as he’s seemingly done countless times, was sitting down with Dragic in his office before hitting him with his signature move: He threw his rings on the table.
Sources say there is certainly D’Antoni interest in Indiana, but the Pacers have several other candidates in mind as well. The New Orleans vacancy would make sense based on his previous history with executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin from their shared Phoenix days, but sources say that’s not expected to be a serious consideration. From there, the spotlight turns to Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and the question of whether he’ll offer D’Antoni the kind of deal that might compel him to forget about the hard feelings that came before. Sources say there have been no contract negotiations to this point.

Grizzlies hiring Darko Rajakovic

Adrian Wojnarowski: The Memphis Grizzlies are hiring Phoenix’s Darko Rajaković as an assistant coach, sources tell ESPN. Rajakovic replaces Neven Spahija, who recently left the Grizzlies for a coaching job overseas. Rajakovic, an assistant with the Serbian national team, built a strong reputation working with young players with Oklahoma City and Phoenix. Ideal fit for the Grizzlies trajectory.