Spurs assistant Jim Boylen is still the favorite to land the job, but we’ve seen a few interesting names pop up in the Jazz coaching search:
Ettore Messina, the legendary European coach now the head coach of CSKA Moscow is one. Mike Longabardi, a current top Suns assistant coach who was with Doc Rivers in Boston is another. Steve Kerr and Lionel Hollins are long shots, but when compiling a list of potentials why not throw a long shot or two on the list?
Now Marc Stein of ESPN throws out another name — Quin Snyder.
Snyder likely gets a look for more than one head coaching job this summer.
The Jazz need someone they can count on long term, someone good at player development. They have good young players such as Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Trey Burke, plus a high draft pick in this upcoming draft (they have a 10.4 percent chance of the top pick in the lottery and if things follow form they would have the No. 4 pick overall). They need a coach who can develop and mold that talent into a team.
The Jazz are a patient, deliberate organization. Expect them to treat this coaching search that way. They will not rush for the sake of rushing.
I sense a pattern.
Like Celtics president Danny Ainge saying Boston would’ve drafted No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum No. 1 if it kept the top pick, Kings president Vlade Divac said Sacramento would’ve taken No. 5 pick De'Aaron Fox No. 1 if it had the top pick.
Divac, via James Ham of NBC Sports California:
“Screaming,” Divac said about the reaction in the room to Fox falling in their lap. “It was a guy that we all loved and in some way, if we had the number 1 pick, he would’ve been our guy.”
“De’Aaron is our future,” Divac added.
The Kings are getting a lot of credit for drafting well. Maybe it’s a good thing they didn’t get the No. 1 pick, because it would have been foolish to pass on Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball (and others) for Fox. (The real punchline: Sacramento couldn’t have won the lottery due to Divac’s dumb salary dump with the 76ers giving Philadelphia the ability to swap picks.)
I don’t believe the Kings would’ve actually taken Fox No. 1. This sounds like Divac embellishing, which can be no big deal. It also puts outsized expectations on Fox, for better or worse.
After trading down from No. 1 to No. 3 in the draft, Celtics president Danny Ainge said Boston would probably still get the player it would’ve picked No. 1.
The Celtics selected Jayson Tatum No. 3. Would they have taken him if they held the No. 1 pick?
Ainge, via CSN New England:
Yes, we would have picked him with the first pick. But the draft was very even, we felt, at the top all the way through maybe five or six. And it was very difficult. There was a lot of players we liked in this draft.
I believe that the Celtics saw the top several picks as similar. I also believe, but don’t know, that they would’ve drafted Markelle Fultz if they kept the top pick.
I’m also curious, considering how the process unfolded, whether Ainge had Tatum or Josh Jackson in mind when making his initial statement. Regardless of whether he was thinking Jackson, Tatum or both, Ainge couldn’t reasonably back out of his claim now.
For what it’s worth, I would have seen Jackson (No. 3 on my board) as a reach at No. 1. I see Taytum (No. 9 on my board) as a reach at No. 3, let alone No. 1.
The Thunder paid the Hawks $3 million for the draft rights to No. 31 pick Tibor Pleiss in 2010. Last year, the Nets paid $3 million just to move up 13 spots in the second round to get Isaiah Whitehead.
The Warriors surpassed that amount, previously the record for spending on a draft pick, to buy the No. 38 pick from the Bulls and get Jordan Bell last night.
Marcus Thompson of The Mercury News:
Golden State also bought the No. 38 pick last year to get a player I rated as first-round caliber, Patrick McCaw, whose rights cost “just” $2.4 million. McCaw had a promising rookie year and even contributed in the NBA Finals.
Bell – whose draft rights drew the maximum-allowable $3.5 million – could achieve similar success. I rated him No. 31 but in the same tier as other first-round-caliber prospects. He’s a versatile defender, capable of protecting the rim and switching onto guards. He’s obviously not nearly the same level, but Bell is in the Draymond Green mold defensively. Bell’s offense doesn’t come close to Green’s, though. Bell could fill a role sooner than later when Golden State needs a defensive-minded sub.
The Warriors have generated massive revenue during their dominant run the last few years. Now, they’re putting some of that money back into the on-court product. Success breeds success – especially when the owners don’t just pocket the profits.
The 76ers drafted Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall, placing a ton of attention on the point guard.
He parlayed that attention into a sponsored Instagram post, but he – or whomever posted on his behalf – never changed the stock text the company sent.
Rodger Sherman of The Ringer:
Fultz deleted and reposted, but this was probably a blessing in disguise. If it weren’t for the funny initial oversight, the advertisement never would have gotten so much traction.