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This isn’t the first credible report to suggest that Mark Jackson could be out as the Golden State Warriors’ head coach after this season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports also wrote about the dysfunction in Golden State and the uncertainty of Jackson’s future recently.
The fact that the organization hasn’t stood by Jackson is telling, as Thompson points out. The franchise seems to be concerned that Jackson has now had issues with several assistant head coaches on his staff, first Mike Malone and now Brian Scalabrine.
It also doesn’t help that the Warriors have failed to live up to lofty expectations this season, sitting at 44-27 and in the Western Conference’s sixth seed despite splurging for Andre Iguodala over the offseason.
At this point, Thaddeus Young would likely be open to any trade, since his situation can’t get much worse. He’s one of the few Philadelphia 76ers who actually belong in the NBA, and the team is clearly tanking as they try to secure ping pong balls for the 2014 NBA Draft Lottery. Philadelphia has lost 25 games in a row, one shy of an NBA record, and the 25-year-old veteran has had to withstand it.
Going from Philadelphia to San Antonio would be a dream come true for Young. He’d go from bottom feeder to contender overnight, and he would have a chance to compete for a championship with Spurs.
This is Young’s seventh season in the NBA and he has experienced success, going to the postseason four times. He doesn’t want to stick around while the 76ers gut their team and rack up losses.
Young is under contract next season for $9,410,869 and then can exercise his early termination option the following summer to test free agency.
Philadelphia shopped Young before the deadline and they’ll likely reopen trade talks involving the forward this summer.
This is excellent news for Shumpert, who has heard his name in trade rumors a lot since being drafted by the New York Knicks in 2011.
Because the 23-year-old was one of New York’s few young (and attractive) assets, Shumpert was shopped and nearly traded several times, the most recent being a potential deal with the Oklahoma City Thunder prior to this year’s trade deadline.
Now, it appears Shumpert has some security moving forward. James Dolan and others have made it clear that Phil Jackson will make all of the basketball decisions in New York and have complete say over personnel. If Jackson is a fan of Shumpert, it’s safe to say he’ll be staying with the Knicks.
This season, Shumpert has averaged 6.7 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 26.4 minutes per game. There has been some debate over whether head coach Mike Woodson has been using Shumpert correctly this season.
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