Phil Jackson confirmed on "The Tonight Show" on Thursday night that he had interest in joining the Kings' front office if the franchise relocated to Seattle.
The mutual interest between Jackson and Chris Hansen, who headed the group trying to move the Kings, had become one of the league's worst-kept secrets. However, the NBA rejected the move and the Kings were sold to a group that will keep them in Sacramento, which Jackson said doesn't interest him. It also seems unlikely Jackson will be joining the Raptors front office, which had been one of the rumored landing spots for the former Lakers and Bulls coach. One thing that is clear is Jackson is very much interested in returning to the NBA in one form or another. Stay tuned.
Kevin Garnett is not expected to need surgery on his foot/ankle.
The Celtics' medical staff thinks Garnett's injury issues will subside with rest, which is the first of three big offseason question marks for KG. The second and third ones, of course, are whether Garnett, who turns 37 on Sunday, will return to play next season and if that will be for the Celtics. It's unlikely Garnett will remain with Boston if Paul Pierce heads elsewhere and Pierce's future with the Celtics appears very tenuous at this point.
George Hill (concussion) will be a game-time decision Saturday night against the Knicks.
Hill was going through the on-court exertion part of the league's concussion protocol Saturday afternoon. He'll have to pass all levels of the test before being cleared to return to game action. The Pacers clearly missed in Thursday's Game 5 loss to the Knicks and a return could help Indiana close out the series at home. If Hill isn't cleared, D.J. Augustin will start and be in line for major minutes.
Dwyane Wade said Friday that extra rest won't help his bone bruises heal.
"It is what it is. I had 10 days off last time," Wade said of Miami's break after the first round. "It really doesn't matter." The Heat were guaranteed two extra days off by eliminating the Heat in five games, the last of which Wade had to leave briefly in order to have his knee worked on in the locker room. The bottom line is there's no way Wade will be 100 percent again before next season. Truth be told, he's likely at his career where he'll constantly be dealing with some sort of knee injury at this time of the season. We expect Wade to suit up for Game 1 on the conference finals, but anything after that is a guess.
The Raptors are targeting Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri to run their basketball operations, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
This comes one day after the Toronto Star reported that Maple League Sports & Entertainment has until Monday to decide whether to pick up the option on GM Bryan Colangelo's contract. Ujiri was named 2013 Executive of the Year by the NBA only nine days ago but is without a contract beyond this summer. The Nuggets have said they're not concerned about keeping him, knowing full well they'll likely have to pay the price to do so. However, Ujiri spent three years in Toronto's front office before heading to Denver and sources tell Yahoo! that could make this a difficult decision for him.
Tim Bontemps of the New York Post expects the Nets to interview Pacers associate coach Brian Shaw and Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins once their respective playoff runs are over.
The Nets have been relatively quiet in their search to replace interim coach P.J. Carlesimo. There were reports of interest in Phil Jackson but the Zen Master dismissed those through back channels. Both Shaw and Hollins figure to be extremely popular names on the coaching market once they're available, although we can't imagine Memphis letting Hollins go with the Grizzlies currently in the Western Conference finals.
The Bobcats started the process of changing their name to Hornet, a source with knowledge of the situation told Will Brinson of CBS Sports.
This isn't exactly a surprise. Once the Hornets changed their names to Pelicans, there were multiple reports the Bobcats were at least exploring the idea of returning to the name of the franchise that played in Charlotte from 1988 to 2002. According to Brinson, there's no timeline for the change but commissioner-in-waiting Adam Silver said in April that such a process can at least 18 months.