Latest: Blatt draws interest; Nets, Durant
Several team executives have told Amico Hoops they would hire David Blatt as a head or assistant coach, with one general manager saying he plans to talk with and will likely offer Blatt an assistant coaching/consulting position within the organization "soon."
Blatt was fired by the Cavaliers after a season and a half last week. He is said to be leaning toward taking off the rest of the season, then staying in the NBA, as opposed to returning to coaching overseas.
Blatt is open to a position as an NBA assistant, league sources told Amico Hoops.
The Nets, currently playing under interim coach Tony Brown, are reportedly one organization particularly interested in Blatt.
In other news:
New Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue has decided to add former Suns assistant Mike Longabardi to his staff, per ESPN. Longabardi will focus on defense, the website reports.
Nuggets assistant GM Arturas Karnisovas and Rockets executive VP of basketball operations Gersson Rosas have joined Bryan Colangelo and Danny Ferry as leading candidates for the Nets GM position, per Yahoo Sports.
Tom Thibodeau is likely the Nets' favorite target for their head coaching position next season, per the New York Post. As mentioned above, the Nets have interest in David Blatt and others as well.
The Nets are "in the mix" to land Thunder forward Kevin Durant when Durant hits free agency over the summer, per ESPN. The Nets do not have a GM or full-time head coach.
The Heat have repeatedly contacted Ray Allen about returning to the team, but the former shooting guard has no plans to come out of retirement, per The Miami Herald.
When asked about Sam Mitchell's future as coach, Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett responded with, "next question," per the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Lakers star Kobe Bryant still believes AAU basketball is hurting the game, per ESPN. "I hate it because it doesn't teach our players how to play the right way, how to think the game, how to play in combinations of threes,” Bryant said. "My generation is when AAU basketball really started [to go downhill]. I got lucky because I grew up in Europe and everything there was still fundamental, so I learned all the basics."
The Warriors have recalled rookie forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D-League, per the team.
Former D-League point guard Lazeric Jones (UCLA) has signed with Turkish club Karsiyaka, per the team.
Former D-League point guard Curtis Jerrells (Baylor) has agreed to a contract with Galatasaray of Turkey, per Eurobasket News.
-- Sam Amico