Paul Pierce watches from the bench during Game 6 against New York on May 3.
The NBA rumor mill is swirling, and it will continue to gain traction as the summer rolls on. Paul Pierce and Bryan Colangelo are facing similar fates, while Stan Van Gundy could be with a new team in a familiar role come next season.
These rumors will surely be the first of many in what could prove to be a busy offseason in the NBA.
Has Pierce Played his Last game in Boston?
The Celtics may have a tough time retaining Pierce, according to CSNNE’s Greg Dickerson.
Dickerson firmly believes the Celtics will not bring back Pierce because of his hefty contract situation.
“I know that the company that Paul Pierce hangs around, they do not believe—and I don’t think Paul Pierce believes—that he is going to be brought back next year at $15 million,” Dickerson said. “I know for a fact that people around [him] have pretty much resigned themselves to the fact that he’s played his final game in a Boston Celtics uniform.”
Pierce averaged just shy of 19 points per game this season for the Celtics. If in fact he does not return next season, the Celtics could have a tough time filling his shoes.
Toronto and Jackson?
The Raptors are mulling the future of current president and general manager Bryan Colangelo.
Will Phil Jackson get back in the NBA next season?
Phil Jackson’s name has popped up among the list of candidates suitable to fill the roll if Colangelo is fired. However, according to Michael Grange, that scenario is becoming less likely by the day.
“One name that can be crossed off any lists, sources say, is Phil Jackson,” Grange wrote, according to Sportsnet.ca. “The likelihood of Jackson relocating to Toronto and taking on a full-time role as a club executive are considered remote at this point.”
If Jackson wanted the job, he’d most certainly take it. He boasts all the necessary accolades to do so. But relocating would be taxing, mentally and physically.
For now, it looks as if Toronto will look elsewhere for a managerial position.
Hawks Looking for a New Coach
Current Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew’s contract doesn’t expire until late next month, however, according to ESPN.com, the team is eying a group of potential candidates for the gig.
“I have great appreciation and respect for Larry and how he led our team this season,” general manager Danny Ferry said, courtesy of ESPN.com.
Atlanta finished 44-38, made the playoffs as the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference, but were upset by Indiana in the first round of the playoffs.
“At the same time, it is my responsibility and in the best interests of the Hawks organization to consider all of our options, and talk with other potential head coaches before making a decision about who will lead or basketball team," Ferry said.
However, Van Gundy has told several teams he isn’t interested in coaching next season.