Bulls' GM Gar Forman stated during Thursday's press conference that Chicago will begin their head coaching search Thursday night, and the process will carry into the weekend.
Currently the Chicago's head coaching vacancy is Fred Hoiberg's for the taking, but it remains to be seen if Hoiberg is interested in coaching at the NBA level. Forman said that the Bulls are looking for the "right fit," and someone who has "excellent communication skills," which is a subtle shot at Tom Thibodeau as communication was a documented problem during his time in Chicago. The Bulls also fired Thib's assistant, Andy Greer on Thursday, so there won’t be many remnants of Thibodeau in Chicago when all is said and done.
Paul Millsap said that he will require shoulder surgery this offseason, just rest.
Millsap is set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and he's sure to have no shortage of suitors. He's put together a strong two years in Atlanta, and he finished the 2014-15 season with averages of 16.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.9 blocks and 1.1 three-pointers per game on 47.6 percent shooting from the field. Regardless of what uniform he's wearing next season, he's a safe bet to put up early-round value for his across-the-board contributions to the stat sheet.
Julius Randle (leg) has been cleared for full contact half court 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 sessions.
Randle's next step will be going through 4-on-4 drills, but he continues to move in a positive direction, and at this rate he should be good to go for Las Vegas Summer League. The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason with regards to the roster, but depending on how things shake out, Randle may have the opportunity to step into a starting role next season. As always, will continue to track his progress closely this offseason.
Jared Dudley proclaimed during an appearance on an ESPN radio show on Tuesday that "most guys don't want to play with Kobe [Bryant]."
"He wants to show everyone so much," Dudley said. "We love you Kobe. But come on, it’s like, it’s now time to start giving up. Most guys don’t want to play with Kobe. Kobe gets in this thing where he doesn’t pass and then he over-passes and he’s trying to get triple-doubles every night. You have [the ability to pass]. It’s just not something he wants to do. And that’s why I think it’ll be a while before the Lakers can get good."
Kings' GM Pete D'Alessandro, who has lost authority to VP of vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac, may soon leave Sacramento's front office.
D'Alessandro is believed to be a "significant candidate" for the St. John's AD job, where former Kings' adviser Chris Mullin is currently coaching. Divac reportedly is now the one making the basketball decisions in Sacramento, and this would be another example of a disjointed front office undermining the authority of the ones they hire. Owner Vivek Ranadive reportedly hired Divac over the objections of Mullin and D'Alessandro, and it sounds like a breakup between D'Alessandro and Sacramento may be imminent.
Klay Thompson (concussion) is feeling OK after experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Wednesday night, according to his father Mychal Thompaon.
Thompson will have a week to recover and make it through the concussion protocol, but it's good news to hear that he's feeling better. "He was a little woozy after the game but very cognizant of what was going on around him," Mychal Thompson said on Thursday. "He's OK. He's doing much better after a good night's sleep." We'll keep a close eye on Thompson's status leading up to the June 4 start of the NBA Finals, but it sounds like the Warriors will have their sharpshooter available for Game 1.
The Rockets are not worried in Dwight Howard's long-term health, according to Calvin Watkins of ESPN.
Even though Howard missed half of the team's regular season games due to a problematic knee, the Rockets aren't concerned about the 29-year-old's long-term health. Howard finished the 2014-15 season strong with a solid playoff performance and will end up being a sneaky early-mid round fantasy pick for the 2015-16 season if he proves the Rockets right and is able to stay healthy.
The Los Angeles Lakers are happy with Byron Scott as their head coach and are not interested in Tom Thibodeau, according to Ramona Shelburne.
The Lakers had been interested in Thibodeau before hiring Byron Scott last summer, but are reportedly happy with their current head coach and won't make a play for the Chicago Bulls' most recent ex-head coach. While nothing in the NBA is written in stone, it sounds like Scott will get at least one more year as the Lakers head coach.