As the NBA playoffs move closer to the Finals, it seems nearly every franchise in need of making offseason moves, particularly at the head-coaching position — have made their hire.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are the latest team to find a new head coach as they decided on Monday to promote Ryan Saunders, who served as the team’s interim head coach last season after the departure of Tom Thibodeau.
Despite swirling speculation regarding his job security, Brett Brownfor the 2019-20 season, the team’s majority owner Josh Harris confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday morning. Brown signed an extension with the Sixers last summer, and is under contract with the organization through the 2021-22 season. Brown has led the franchise to consecutive 50-win seasons, and Eastern Conference Semifinal appearances.
Elsewhere, John Beileinto take over as the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head coach. Beilein has been the head coach at the University of Michigan since 2007 where he had some solid success, as he led with the Wolverines to two Final Four appearances and two Big 10 titles.
The Los Angeles Lakers, after coming close to a deal with Tyronn Lue, finally found their new head coach. Former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel has reportedlyto be Los Angeles’ new head coach. Vogel met with the Lakers last week, and obviously made a strong impression on them, as he had an offer just days after his initial interview. In L.A., Vogel will be tasked with turning the Lakers from a consistent lottery team back into a perennial contender.
Meanwhile, Monty Williams was one of the more sought-after names following the conclusion of the regular season, and the Suns, who coveted Williams,by signing him to a five-year deal to become the team’s new head coach.
One team still trying to decide on their next head coach is the Memphis Grizzlies. And according to an ESPN report, they may look in a unique direction. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are planning to meet with Sarunas Jasikevicius. The Lithuanian legend is currently coaching in EuroLeague with Zalgiris.
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