NBA News and Notes: Rivers’ Future; KD Return Possible?

Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers said that he has a “little itch” to eventually become a head coach in the NBA. His father, Clippers coach Doc Rivers, has been around the game for a long time, spending the majority of the past 25 years as a head coach in the league.

The younger Rivers also said he’d have an interest in being an agent or a GM as well. It is pretty clear that the apple does not fall from the tree. This may have become a possibility when he revived his career while playing for his father in Los Angeles.

Durant Return?

Over in Brooklyn, a surprising announcement came out this weekend. GM Sean Marks said that there is a possibility that Kevin Durant could come back this season. “This season” is a term to use lightly because we have no idea when play is going to resume, but this is still huge news.

He went on to say that he “looked like KD” before the stoppage, meaning his effort in practices and pickup games was at a level they’re comfortable with as an organization. If the year booted up again and went right to the playoffs, the Nets would be playing the Toronto Raptors in round one.

Pacers, Oladipo Talks

Over in Indiana, the Pacers have tabled contract talks with Victor Oladipo. After breaking out in Indiana two years ago, Oladipo tore his ACL halfway through last season in what was appearing to be another All-Star season. His injury was a shame to behold because he had finally reached star status.

His contract is not up until the end of next season, so there is no reason to instigate here. They will likely get back to chatting before he officially hits free agency next summer.

Happy With Newcomers

Timberwolves general manager Gersson Rosas staked a claim that he’d like to have two trade deadline acquisitions in Minnesota for the years to come. Juancho Hernangomez and Malik Beasley were both brought in at the February deadline and put up solid numbers since their arrival.

Juancho, whose brother Willy plays for the Hornets, is getting the most minutes of his career. He was in and out of the rotation during 3.5 years in Denver. As a starter in Minnesota, he was posting 13 points and seven boards per game over 14 contests while shooting 45% from the floor and 42% from three.

Meanwhile, Beasley was looking like a star. He was averaging 21 points and five boards per game, shooting 47% from the floor and 43% from three. It’s doubly impressive because he only averaged eight points per game on 39% shooting (a career low) in Denver. He’ll be starring next to D’Angelo Russell for a long time.

It’s great to see for Minnesota that they found guys that fit their system so well. They’ll be fun to watch next year with an offseason under their belt.

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