CLEVELAND (AP) –The first two coaching candidates set to interview with the Cavaliers have no NBA head coaching experience.
That doesn’t mean they’re not qualified.
The Cavs have scheduled meetings this week with Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley and Miami’s Juwan Howard for the job, a person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press on Monday. The interviews are the only ones finalized so far, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team is not publicly commenting during its search to hire Cleveland’s fifth coach since 2013.
Mosley has some connections with the Cavs, spending four seasons as an assistant in Cleveland before joining Dallas’ staff in 2014. He just completed his fifth season with the Mavericks, who promoted him to defensive coordinator before last season. Mosley has risen through the coaching ranks and has extensive background in player development, an essential for the Cavs.
After a 19-year NBA playing career, Howard joined Erik Spoelstra’s Heat staff in 2013. He’s also been mentioned as a candidate for the Lakers’ vacancy.
The Cavs are looking for a coach since parting ways last week with Larry Drew following a 19-win season. Drew took over in October after Tyronn Lue was fired and did all he could to keep the Cavs competitive amid numerous injuries and an ever-changing roster.
General manager Koby Altman has not put any timeline on a search he promised would be expansive.
Mosley and Howard were immediately available to meet with the Cavs because their teams are not in the playoffs. Altman and his staff intend to speak with assistants currently in the postseason, with Denver’s Jordi Fernandez, Utah’s Alex Jensen and Portland’s David Vanterpool among the coaches expected to be contacted by the Cavs.
“On our list, there are candidates that are on playoff teams,” Altman said. “I’m going to be super sensitive to that. But, us being done this early affords us some time to really think this out and want to do it the right way. And being super sensitive to teams that are in the playoffs right now. I want those guys, their focus to be on helping their team right now.”
Spurs promote Buford to CEO; Wright to serve as GM
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Spurs Sports & Entertainment has promoted two-time NBA executive of the year RC Buford to chief executive officer, effective Sept. 3.
Buford is credited along with coach Gregg Popovich for building the Spurs into one of the most consistently successful franchises in sports, with five NBA championships since 1999 and 22 consecutive playoff appearances. Popovich is returning this fall for his 24th season.
Buford started his current run with the Spurs in 1994 and has climbed the ranks, including being named general manager in 2002 and his promotion to president of sports franchises in 2008.
The Spurs also said Tuesday that Brian Wright will serve as GM after three years as an assistant and Lori Warren and Bobby Perez have been elevated to executive vice president roles. Longtime executives Rick Pych and Lawrence Payne will transition to advisory roles.
On Monday, the Spurs said former NBA MVP Tim Duncan will join the Spurs as an assistant coach this season.
Suns sign forward/center Cheick Diallo
PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns today signed forward/center Cheick Diallo (pronounced Sheck Dee-ALL-oh) to a multiyear contract.
Diallo, 22 years old, has played three NBA seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans and this past season averaged career highs of 6.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in 14.0 minutes while making 62.0% of his field goals. Following the All-Star break in 2018-19, he averaged 8.9 points and 7.6 rebounds on 63.6% shooting from the field and 84.0% from the free throw line with eight double-doubles in 23 games, including a career-high 18 boards plus 16 points on Feb. 22 at Indiana. On a per-36 minute basis, Diallo holds career averages of 15.6 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks.
A 6-9, 220-pound forward/center, Diallo also measures a 7-5 wingspan and a 9-0 standing reach. He was originally the 33rd overall selection in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft by the LA Clippers following one season at the University of Kansas. New Orleans acquired Diallo in a draft night trade and he played in 133 regular season games with the Pelicans in addition to seven postseason appearances during the team’s run to the 2018 Western Conference Semifinals.
Born in Kayes, Mali, Diallo began playing basketball at age 13 and moved to the United States as a 15-year-old in 2012 to pursue his career. He attended Our Savior New American High School in Centereach, New York, where he was a national top-ten recruit, two-time New York Gatorade Player of the Year, MVP of the 2015 McDonald’s All-American Game and Co-MVP of the 2015 Jordan Brand Classic. Last year, Diallo represented Mali by playing for Team Africa at the NBA Africa Game 2018 in Pretoria, South Africa. He is the second player in NBA history to have been born in Mali (Soumaila Samake).
Diallo will wear uniform No. 14 with the Suns. The Suns’ roster now stands at 15 players; an updated roster is attached.
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