The man at the helm when Portland drafted one of the best young cores in basketball, then dumped because the people above him thought he was taking too much credit, is now on the radar in New Jersey.
Kevin Prichard will interview for the New Jersey Nets job, according to David Aldridge at NBA.com. He will interview to replace Rod Thorn.
The details of why Pritchard was let go in Portland were never discussed officially, but it had nothing to do with picking players and building a team.
He built the core in 2006 when on draft night he traded for Brandon Roy and drafted LaMarcus Aldridge. He also brought in Nicolas Batum and Greg Oden (you can’t blame him for taking him first overall, every other GM in the league would have done the same thing, not matter what they say now). This past season he brought in Marcus Camby and Andre Miller. The Blazers have a strong foundation because of him.
The rumor was that his ego rubbed owner Paul Allen the wrong way. He also rubbed some other GMs the wrong way.
There may be plenty of ego in the room on this one. Hornets general manager Jeff Bower bowed out this week, amid rumors that newly hired coach Avery Johnson did not want him there (Bower did not hire Johnson in New Orleans) and is trying to accumulate some front office power for himself.
But the Russian is the real power, and this will be he and his team’s call.
Utah’s Gordon Hayward abused the Lakers’ Jordan Clarkson on this play.
First, Hayward reads and steals Clarkson’s poor feed into the post intended for Kobe Bryant, then going up the sideline he takes his dribble behind Clarkson’s back to keep going. It all ends in a Rudy Gobert dunk.
Three quick takeaways here:
1) Gordon Hayward is a lot better than many fans realize. He can lead this team.
2) It’s still all about the development with Clarkson, and that’s going to mean some hard lessons.
3) Hayward may have the best hair in the NBA, even if it’s going a bit Macklemore.
(Hat tip reddit)
VIZZINI: “So, it is down to you. And it is down to me.”
MAN IN BLACK nods and comes nearer…
MAN IN BLACK: “Perhaps an arrangement can be reached.”
VIZZINI: “There will be no arrangement…”
MAN IN BLACK: “But if there can be no arrangement, then we are at an impasse.”
That farcical scene from The Princess Bride pretty much sums up where we are with the Tristan Thompson holdout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, minus the Iocane powder. (Although that scene was a battle of wits in the movie and this process seems to lack much wit.) The Cavaliers have put a five-year, $80 million offer on the table. Thompson wants a max deal (or at least a more than has been offered), but he also doesn’t want to play for the qualifying offer and didn’t sign it. LeBron James just wants the two sides just to get it done.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN thinks LeBron could be very disappointed.
Windhorst was on the Zach Lowe podcast at Grantland (which you should be listening to anyway) and had this to say about the Thompson holdout:
“I actually believe it will probably go months. This will go well into the regular season.”
Windhorst compared it to a similar situation back in 2007 with Anderson Varejao, which eventually only broke because the then Charlotte Bobcats signed Varejao to an offer sheet. Thompson is a restricted free agent, meaning the Cavaliers can match any offer, but only Portland and Philadelphia have the cap space right now to offer him a max contract. Neither team has shown any interest in doing so.
And so we wait. And we may be waiting a while.