Like Bickerstaff, Silas was a finalist for the Rockets job before Mike D’Antoni took over two seasons ago. The 44-year-old is seven years into his second stint in Charlotte. He became an associate head coach when Patrick Ewing left to take the job at Georgetown.
Silas is respected by players and team executives throughout the league. He worked with Stephen Curry during his early years with the Warriors, and the two-time MVP certainly holds Silas in high regard.
Coach Silas is a big part of who I am today, Curry said. Getting to work with him was beneficial for me. It’s only a matter of time before he gets a gig. Really, he should probably already have one. Whoever gets him will be getting a winner.
With the way things are going in Cleveland, this was clearly the right move. The relationship between LeBron and the Cavs’ front office could be past the point of repair as the Cavs continue to struggle and look less likely each day to return to the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive year. (Counterpoint: Cleveland’s moves to change the team’s current roster and long-term future could have given James second thoughts about leaving. Only time will tell.)
And even though the Thunder have played better as of late, the OK3 trio of George, Carmelo Anthony and Russell Westbrook is still far from perfect together. George has bonded with Westbrook, but he isn’t offering any guarantees he’ll stay in Oklahoma City beyond this season.
There may be scenarios in which sneaker companies (like Under Armour, which played a significant role in sending Ferguson to Australia and Emmanuel Mudiay to China) could be willing to supplement this number.
While NCAA rules still prevent players from cashing in on their likenesses and signing endorsement deals, the NBL is under no such restrictions. Will the likes of Nike, Adidas and Under Armour attempt to get ahead of the competition and lock up elite-level prospects a year (or more) before they enter the NBA draft and send them to Australia? A sneaker company supplementing a playing contract with a multiyear shoe deal, like we’ve already seen happen with Brandon Jennings, Mudiay and Ferguson, would be a powerful incentive that would likely be very difficult to turn down.
DeAndre Jordan, Clippers: The big man has been a trade target for multiple teams, including the Cavs, Bucks, Heat and Trail Blazers. Jordan has a player option for next year as part of his current contract, so the possibility of free agency should be considered by any team looking to add a consistent rebounder and rim protector.