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King Denies Report; Says Lionel Hollins’ Job Safe

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Nets general manager Billy King said coach Lionel Hollins’ job is safe — for now.

King also pointedly denied a report from a Russian publication which said that the Nets had already decided to move on from (coach Lionel) Hollins, and were just holding onto him until they could find a replacement.

“It’s funny because I think the report said it was management,”  King said. “And I’m management so there was no truth to that. Lionel and I are working hard every day. We’re discussing possibilities, things we can do on the court, off the court. I’ve talked to ownership and right now, Lionel is our coach and we’re working to try to turn this around.”

Source: Andy Vasquez of The Bergen Record

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Sources: 76ers’ Ownership Want Mike D’Antoni as Next Head Coach

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[Tyronn] Lue is scheduled to interview for the job on Tuesday, according to multiple sources. One has to wonder if he thinks his meeting could just be a formality and/or insurance in case former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, whose job it is to lose, doesn’t accept the job.

Sources have been saying for weeks that the job is [Mike] D’Antoni’s to turn down. They say he’s the guy the ownership group wants. One source even said the 69-year-old would have to bomb his interview with the Sixers owners not to be offered the job.

Source: Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Sources: Jerami Grant Expected to Decline Player Option

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Jerami Grant wants to be back with the Denver Nuggets next season. Whether that happens may be up to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

Grant, who is expected to opt out of his player option, according to a league source, made himself invaluable throughout the Nuggets’ postseason run. When the Nuggets traded a first-round pick last summer for Grant, they hoped he’d provide the defensive versatility that he ultimately did.

Source: Mike Singer of the Denver Post

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Sources: Dell Demps to Join Jazz Coaching Staff

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Former New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps has agreed to join the Utah Jazz as an assistant coach, reuniting with Quin Snyder, sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter

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