Hornets are not waiting in coaching search

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There are a lot of teams looking for a head coach for next season, and most are taking their time. Chicago Bulls staff said as much, while the Los Angeles Clippers have been stone silent.

Not the New Orleans Hornets. They are on it. Five interviews in three days, including two more on Thursday, according to the Times Picayune.

New Orleans Hornets owner Gary Chouest and his search team interviewed Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau and former NBA player Mark Jackson on Thursday in Boston as they continue to search for a head coach.

Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman confirmed Thursday’s interviews in Boston and said more are forthcoming with other candidates. The Hornets are expected to interview Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams next week, and possibly former NBA coach Doug Collins. Utah assistant Tyrone Corbin also could be interviewed if the Jazz is eliminated by the Los Angeles Lakers next week in the Western Conference semifinals.

Avery Johnson, the Mavericks coach who is a Louisiana native, is considered the front-runner.

Smart strategy by the Hornets — if you’re the first team to make a decision and an offer to whomever, you stand a better chance of getting your man. Is someone going to turn down the chance to coach Chris Paul for what maybe will come down the road later?

Also, good to see the new owner getting involved. They postponed the formal transfer of ownership press conference so he could interview coaches — I like this guy already.

Mark Cuban suggests supplemental draft for undrafted free agents

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A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.

Via Hoops Rumors:

“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”

The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.

“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”

It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.