Report: Cavs to interview Blazers assistants in search for coach

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers’ coaching search will venture into the Pacific Northwest.

Cleveland plans to interview Portland assistants Nate Tibbetts and David Vanterpool for its coaching job, a person familiar with the team’s plans told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

The Cavs have received permission to speak with Tibbetts and Vanterpool, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks.

The Cavs are being sensitive to Portland’s playoff run and have not yet scheduled their interviews with Tibbetts or Vanterpool, who are considered rising coaching stars. The Trail Blazers host Oklahoma City on Tuesday night in Game 5 leading the series 3-1.

ESPN.com first reported the Cavs’ interest.

Cleveland is looking for a new coach after parting ways with Larry Drew following a 19-63 season. Drew took over in October when Tyronn Lue was fired and guided the Cavs through a challenging

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Warriors focused on Clippers, ready for Rockets

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OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors understand that they have to win one more game over the LA Clippers to advance to the Western Conference semifinals, but the group also knows that a showdown with the Houston Rockets awaits if and when they do.

“They’re a great team,” Warriors swingman Klay Thompson said after Tuesday’s practice. “They got two Hall of Fame guards in the backcourt [in James Harden and Chris Paul], and everyone else has carved out a nice role. We’ve had a ton of history with them in the last five years of the playoffs. I know they’re just itching to get another shot at us, and that’s when, when two teams meet like that, when the stakes are that high, it makes for the best basketball in the world.”

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Bogut open to Australia-NBA dual season again

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut doesn’t know exactly what his future will hold after this postseason, but he expects he’ll go back to Australia and play in the National Basketball League again.

And if an opportunity arises leading up to next year’s NBA playoffs for the 7-footer to rejoin a squad for a postseason run?

Well, he might do that again, too.

“I might’ve started a trend,” Bogut said with a smile Tuesday after the Warriors’ practice at their downtown Oakland facility, leading into Wednesday’s Game 5 in their first-round series against the LA Clippers. (With a win, the Warriors can close out the series.)

“I’ll listen,” Bogut said of potential NBA offers. “It’s not something I’m turning down, or it’s not something that I’m accepting at this point. First and foremost, I’m wanting to get through this year, and then we

Steelers Want To Extend Ben Roethlisberger Before Draft

The Steelers are working hard to extend quarterback Ben Roethlisberger prior to the draft on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports (Twitter link). Big Ben has one year left on his current deal, but the club wants to keep him “well beyond” the 2019 season.

We recently heard that Roethlisberger was not necessarily pushing for a new contract, but that talks between player and team were ongoing. The two sides have been discussing a re-up at least since January, and given that Roethlisberger could earn upwards of $60MM in the 2020-21 campaigns if the team used the franchise tag on him, that figure could be a primary benchmark in negotiations.

Whether Roethlisberger is a good teammate or not has been a hot topic of late, but his on-field production continues to be top-notch, as he set career-highs in completions (452), pass attempts (675), passing yards (5,129), and touchdowns (34) this past season. Advanced metrics lauded Roethlisberger’s work as well, as he finished fourth in Total QBR and eighth in adjusted net yards per attempt. Meanwhile, Roethlisberger ranked fifth in Football Outsiders‘ DYAR, which measures value over a replacement level player, and eighth in DVOA, meaning he was effective on a per-play basis. His status in the locker room, whatever it might be, does not figure to be a factor in contract talks.

The Steelers, of course, narrowly missed the playoffs in 2018 despite Big Ben’s impressive statistics, and the team is now without Antonio Brown. But Pittsburgh has never had a losing season with Roethlisberger at quarterback, and despite the trade of Brown, the club should once again compete for the AFC North crown.

Roethlisberger is set to carry a cap charge of $23.2MM this season, and an extension would lower that figure and give the Steelers a little more breathing room.

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Report: Lakers hold interview with Jason Kidd

The Los Angeles Lakers interviewed Jason Kidd for their vacant coach position on Monday, according to a report from Dave McMenamin of ESPN.

New story: Jason Kidd interviewed with Rob Pelinka and Kurt Rambis for the Lakers’ head coaching vacancy on Monday, league sources told ESPN https://t.co/4X2tVJVR1U

— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) April 23, 2019

Kidd joins former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams as coaches who have interviewed for the position. Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard was also scheduled to be interviewed on Tuesday, according to reports.

Here’s more from McMenamin on Kidd’s meeting with the Lakers yesterday:

Kidd’s interview was with general manager Rob Pelinka, as well as team executive Kurt Rambis and was conducted at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California. The interview with the Hall of Fame point guard lasted for several hours, sources told ESPN.

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Kidd interviewed for Lakers' vacancy, sources say

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Jason Kidd interviewed for the Los Angeles Lakers‘ head-coaching vacancy Monday, multiple sources told ESPN.

Kidd becomes the third candidate to meet with the Lakers, following Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, who both interviewed last week. Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard is also scheduled to interview for the job, sources told ESPN, and Williams and Lue are expected to have follow-up sessions.

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Kidd’s interview was with general manager Rob Pelinka and team executive Kurt Rambis and was conducted at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo, California. The interview with the Hall of Fame point guard lasted for several hours, sources told ESPN.

The 46-year-old Kidd formerly coached the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks. He was fired by Milwaukee during the 2017-18 season. In Kidd’s 4½ seasons with the Bucks

Sources: Suns given OK to meet 76ers' Williams

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The Phoenix Suns have received permission to meet with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams to discuss the franchise’s coaching opening, league sources told ESPN.

A Sixers official told ESPN the request came on Tuesday and the organization granted it.

The Suns plan to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers in pursuit of Williams, league sources said. The Suns see Williams as a coach who can develop a young roster and bring discipline to a fractured Suns culture.

After firing coach Igor Kokoskov on Monday night, the Suns will be hiring their fifth coach in five years.

Williams is working to set up a second interview that includes Lakers ownership in Philadelphia soon, league sources said. Williams and Tyronn Lue are prominent candidates in the Lakers’ coaching search.

Suns general manager James Jones played under Williams in his time as

2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings, Week 5 hitting matchups: Target Phillies, fade Indians

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