The 2015-16 NBA season is over for the 14 teams that missed the playoffs. Some of those teams are now part of NBA rumors regarding their coaching staff. Let’s take a look at the roundup of head coaching searches around the league.
Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers finished this season with the worst record in franchise history. However, head coach Byron Scott is optimistic about returning next season especially after Lakers GM expressed his support to him on Saturday.
“I think Byron has done an excellent job under the circumstances that he’s had to deal with the last two years. This year in particular was a difficult year for a coach to wade his way through,” Kupchak told the Los Angeles Times.
New York Knicks
In a report by CBS New York, Knicks president Phil Jackson revealed that Kurt Rambis is one of the candidates to become the head coach next season. However, other options for the Knicks include David Blatt, Mark Jackson, Brian Shaw and Luke Walton.
On the other hand, Knicks superstar reportedly wants Tom Thibodeau as the New York’s next head coach, per the New York Daily News.
Since Vivek Ranadive and his partners bought the Kings in 2013, the team has gone through four coaching changes. The latest was George Karl who was fired after more than one season despite signing a four-year, $15 million deal.
NBA rumors in Sacramento suggest that Kings GM Vlade Divac asked former coaches Rick Adelman and George Karl some advice who should be their next head coach, per USA Today.
As mentioned in a previous report, Scott Brooks is the leading candidate for the Rockets head coaching job. Houston was coached by JB Bickerstaff after Kevin McHale was fired earlier in the season.
According to a report by Yahoo! Sports, the Timberwolves have scheduled an interview with Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy. Minnesota just needs a good coach to lead their talented young core of players that include Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports that the Wizards’ top priority is to hire Scott Brooks as their next head coach. Other candidates include Jeff Hornacek and Mike D’Antoni.
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