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A lot of the attention this offseason will be on Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni.
Brown may seem like an easy candidate to be cut loose, but the Cavs have played better as of late and might have a shot at sneaking into the eighth seed. Perhaps more importantly, Brown is on the first year of a five-year deal worth $20 million, which would be a lot of coin for owner Dan Gilbert to pay someone not to coach going forward. Brown's leash may not be very long, but he should have the first half of next season to try and get things turned around before he's let go.
As for D'Antoni, the Lakers have at least been entertaining this season. He's helped play and develop a few diamonds in the rough like Kendall Marshall as well, which is all you can really hope for in a lost season like this one.
D'Antoni's future will likely depend on which coaching candidates are available out there and what the plan in free agency is this year. If the Lakers are content to wait until the 2015 offseason to go get a max player, perhaps keeping D'Antoni for the last guaranteed year of his contract will be palatable. D'Antoni is by no means safe, but it seems unlikely that the Lakers would let him go without a clear-cut upgrade willing to take over.
New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams could also feel a little pressure, but he still has time left on his deal, and it's hard to hold him accountable for the mistakes made by general manager Dell Demps and the massive amount of injuries the roster has suffered. It wasn't all that long ago that Williams was considered one of the best young head coaches in the league, so it would be a surprise if New Orleans looked elsewhere given the current circumstances.
Although they looked like surefire candidates to be let go at the beginning of the year, Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey and Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman may have both won future contracts thanks to improved play and likely playoff appearances.
While neither coach will get "fired," since both are on expiring contracts, it would be a bit of a surprise to see either team go elsewhere this offseason, particularly if either coach manages to win a playoff series. The standards in Washington and Toronto probably aren't much higher than that for right now, you would think.