With no new games happening, all news that comes from the NBA is generally either rumors or players doing good things in their community. There are several stories to report, so without further ado.
Nets Interested In Lue
It is pretty clear that if Kenny Atkinson wasn’t going to be the one to lead the Nets into the next phase of their rebuild, then Jacque Vaughn will not be the one in charge either. Now, rumors are slowly starting to swirl that former Cavs coach and current Clippers assistant Ty Lue has some interest in that job.
Lue took the Cavs to the NBA Finals during each of his three years at the helm before being fired after six games when LeBron James left for Los Angeles. He has proven to be a player’s coach and could be an interesting candidate for them.
Former NBA No. 1 overall pick Andrew Bogut has stated that he is pondering retiring from professional basketball altogether. He had a great run with the Bucks, before helping to bring a title to Golden State. He spent a little time with the Lakers and Mavericks, after 50 seconds with the Cavs (injured in his debut).
He would have been representing Australia in the Olympics this summer, but the postponement of them makes it a bit difficult. He says he’ll make his decision in mid-May.
Finley To Chicago?
Michael Finley had a notable NBA playing career, playing a big chunk in Dallas, before going to the Spurs and eventually the Celtics. He was a fantastic scorer, and part of several playoff runs over there. Finley has been working in the Mavs front office now, for the past 10-plus years.
The Bulls found their new executive in Arturas Karnisovas, and now they need somebody to replace Gar Forman as the actual general manager. Finley would be a “great choice for the job,” per Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, a testimony that holds a lot of credibility. Whether or not he gets the job is to be seen, but he has paid his dues and deserves a real look.
Still Not Settled
It’s no surprise that there has been mounting tension in Utah with Rudy Gobert’s microphone incident, which led to the (smart) decision to eventually shut down the NBA, leading to a fracture in his relationship with Donovan Mitchell. Though there have not really been any updates, the fact that Mitchell hasn’t made a comment is telling of where the situation is.
All of this is just pure speculation at this point, but it is very significant. Gobert is already a two-time defensive player of the year, with the potential to win the award several times over.
After finally getting his first All-Star nod this year, it was clear that he had turned another corner. The two of them are both still in their early 20’s, so if the core had to be broken up, it would be a real shame.
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