Last offseason featured unprecedented coaching stability.
That’ll change this year.
Industry sources believe at least six to eight teams—and perhaps as many as 10—will be hiring new head coaches this offseason
The Suns (Earl Watson), Grizzlies (David Fizdale) and Bucks (Jason Kidd) already fired coaches during the season. So, that’s three.
The other one to five? There are plenty possibilities.
Whenever teams are as bad as the Hawks (Mike Budenholzer), Bulls (Fred Hoiberg), Kings (Dave Joerger) and Lakers (Luke Walton), it’s a mistake to assume continuity. Health concerns could cause changes with the Hornets (Steve Clifford) and Cavaliers (Tyronn Lue). The Pistons (Stan Van Gundy) appear likely to enact a front-office change, and that could always lead to a coaching change – especially when Van Gundy took the job only with president power. The Clippers (Doc Rivers) could move on – or Rivers could move on from them. The Pelicans (Alvin Gentry), Nuggets (Michael Malone) or even Timberwolves (Tom Thibodeau) could shake things up if they miss the playoffs. A team that loses earlier than expected in the postseason – looking at you, Trail Blazers (Terry Stotts) – could make a change.
There are enough possibilities to figure at least one of those teams – probably more and maybe even an unexpected one – change coaches.