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Report: Rick Pitino Hoping to Become NBA Head Coach Candidate

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After his firing following an FBI probe at Louisville, Rick Pitino is planning to use the season to immerse himself in the NBA game and hopes to become a candidate for head-coaching openings in the spring.

“I just want to be a part of an organization,” Pitino told ESPN. “I want to develop young players. I want to be part of a team. I miss it terribly. I’m using this time to really study the NBA. If something opens up with a young basketball team, I’d have deep interest in it.

Pitino has hired Drew Rosenhaus, a high-profile NFL agent, to represent him. Rosenhaus’ company does represent two NBA players: Portland’s first-round pick Anfernee Simons and Clippers center Montrezl Harrell.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Kyrie Irving ‘strongly considering’ Nets in Free Agency

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Sources tell SNY that Kyrie Irving and his camp are strongly considering Brooklyn if he decides to leave Boston. Irving’s camp has kept a close eye on the Nets as the season progressed and the team got better, with the playoffs only helping their case.

SNY also learned recently that the Nets would not shy away from signing Irving even if they re-sign point guard D’Angelo Russell. The ideal scenario would be to pair two max free agents, such as Kevin Durant and Irving, but sources say the Nets would be open to pairing Irving and Russell in the backcourt together.

Source: Anthony Puccio of SNY.tv

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Sources: Hornets to Host Simi Shittu for Workout

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Vandy PF Simi Shittu will workout for the #Hornets on June 1, per a source. The 6-9 1/2 Shittu is a former McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection. He measured with a robust 7-1 1/4 wingspan as well.

Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter

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Sources: Trail Blazers, Neil Olshey Agree to Extension

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Portland Trail Blazers President of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey has agreed to a contract extension through 2024, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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