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.
The Lakers and Hawks are two teams that could improve their position in the NBA draft, according to Fox Sports Ohio.
Take this with a tablespoon of salt because it sounds like unfounded speculation and not real news. The Lakers and Hawks are "said to be two such teams, with both supposedly exploring the idea of improving their draft position," but that could be said of basically any team at this stage in the process. The report cites the Lakers as "willing to trade Pau Gasol," but it's based off of old information and nothing new. We're not putting much stock into this.
Pau Gasol (knees) confirmed he won't play for Spain in this summer's Eurobasket.
Gasol underwent a procedure to clean out his knees on May 9 and won't resume basketball activities for 12 weeks. His priority is to be healthy for the 2013/14 NBA season, not international competition. Gasol will turn 33 years old in July and is becoming an increasingly large medical risk for fantasy owners.
Steve Clifford is interviewing with the Bucks for their head coach opening on Monday, sources told Yahoo!
Clifford was expected to interview all along, so we're not surprised. It's not clear if he's a serious candidate, but he'll get at least one interview as the search rolls forward.
Phil Jackson will not be "joining" the Raptors, according to Michael Grange of Sportsnet.ca.
To be clear, Granger does not anticipate Jackson being hired in Toronto. "The likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point," according to Grange. Jackson to Toronto continues to look like a long shot despite some reports that have indicated otherwise, and it's looking increasingly likely that Jackson will take plenty of time before potentially re-joining the NBA ranks.
Phil Jackson is waiting to see what happens with Chris Hansen's bid to move the Kings to Seattle before deciding on his opportunities for next season, a source close to the situation told ESPN's Marc Stein.
Jackson and Hansen have reportedly hit it off and there's been talk that Hansen would tab Jackson as team president if his purchase of the Kings is successful. Unfortunately, despite Hansen's last-ditch effort to up the valuation of his offer to a whopping $625 million, it appears the Kings are likely staying put after the NBA's relocation committee recommended against moving them to Seattle. The Raptors reportedly are the other front runner for Jackson's services.
The Bucks are expected to reach out to Lakers assistant Steve Clifford about their head coaching vacancy, according to CBS Sports.
Clifford's name has been kicked around in reference to a couple of head coach openings, but nothing has come of it yet. It's possible he'll get an interview with Milwaukee, but there's nothing finalized just yet.