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The Pacers weren’t able to advance to the NBA Finals, but that doesn’t mean Vogel is on the way out. He still has done an excellent job with this team, has support from his players and seems to be a better fit for Indiana than any of the coaches who could replace him.
In late April, Pritchard tried to put an end to the rumors from anonymous sources that Vogel was on the hot seat by tweeting: “Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel’s job is safe.”
This report confirms that Pritchard and Bird never considered replacing Vogel, and that the rumors were circulating because unemployed coaches wanted the Pacers job.
Vogel is 167-100 during his stint in Indiana, including consecutive Central Division titles and a 56-win season that earned the Pacers the East’s top seed this year.
The team’s late-season collapse was ugly, but this team should continue to be a perennial contender. Vogel is a solid coach, and the Pacers have a talented core in place. Some moves will be made, but clearly the Pacers don’t think a coaching change is necessary.
The Knicks signed Odom to a non-guaranteed contract that paid him $8,232 for the 2013-14 season and could pay him as much as $1,448,490 next season if his contract becomes guaranteed.
Berman mentions that Odom can be traded as cap relief if the experiment in New York doesn’t work out, but it’s important to note that the forward cannot be traded until July 16, 2014.
The article also states that Odom will train at the Knicks’ facility and could play in the Las Vegas Summer League, which would be an excellent way for the veteran to get in shape and prove himself.
Odom didn’t play in the NBA last season, but he averaged 4.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in his last NBA stint with the L.A. Clippers in 2012-13. Over the course of his 14-year NBA career, he has averaged 13.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists.
Odom played for Phil Jackson during their time with the L.A. Lakers, and his familiarity with the triangle offense is likely one of the reasons he was signed. When Jackson has implemented the triangle offense in the past, he was always made sure that he has players and coaches around who know the system, so that they can help the others and make the transition easier.
The article goes on to state the Griffin has “a very, very good shot” at becoming the next head coach of the Jazz.
Griffin is considered one of the top assistant coaches in the league right now, and he has been linked to a number of head coaching jobs.
Griffin worked as an assistant under Scott Skiles with the Milwaukee Bucks and, most recently, with Tom Thibodeau on the Chicago Bulls from 2010 to 2014.
His work with the Bulls and Thibodeau intrigues many teams, and he seems to be doing well in interviews if teams are bringing him back in for a second meeting.
Quinn Snyder, who is an assistant with the Atlanta Hawks under Mike Budenholzer, has also been mentioned as a serious candidate for the Utah job. Jim Boylen, Alvin Gentry and Lionel Hollins have also been linked to the opening.
Griffin, who is 39 years old, played for five different NBA teams between 1999 and 2008.
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