Maple League Sports & Entertainment has until Monday to decide whether to pick up the option on GM Bryan Colangelo's contract, league sources told the Toronto Star.
At this point, it seems highly unlikely that Colangelo will remain, especially considering that the Star also reported MLSE and new CEO Tim Leiweke have hired a head-hunting firm to help whittle down possible candidates to replace Colangelo. Although Phil Jackson's name has been mentioned in connection with the GM position, the hiring a search firm makes that seem less likely. The Star mentioned Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard and Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver as possible candidates if/when Colangelo is let go.
The Hawks interviewed Stan Van Gundy and Mike Budenholzer for their still-vacant head-coaching position, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Van Gundy and Budenholzer would the second and third candidates to interview with Hawks GM Danny Ferry along with Nate McMillan. Yahoo! Sports reported previously that Ferry is also interested in hiring CSKA Moscow coach Ettore Messina. It's unknown whether the Hawks have interviewed Messina, but the Journal-Constitution reported that Ferry has interviewed other unknown candidates. At this point, it seems clear that Ferry is casting a wide net but is playing his cards very close to the vest.
George Hill remains day-to-day with a concussion.
Hill missed Thursday's Game 5 after suffering the injury Tuesday night. The Pacers said Hill showed no symptoms after Tuesday's game but admitted to headaches on Thursday and then proceeded to fail a concussion test. Hill will have to pass several levels of concussion testing as part of the league's protocol before he can return. The Pacers lead the series 3-2 and will host Game 6 on Saturday night.
Raymond Felton was limping in post-game interviews due to ankle soreness but said he expects to play on Saturday.
He did not practice on May 9 due to left ankle soreness. "My ankle is sore but I'll be fine for Saturday," Felton said. He didn't really show much signs of his ankle bothering him during the game and it didn't look like he aggravated it on a specific play. Anyone that has played on an ankle that is less than 100 percent can probably put themselves in Felton's shoes and we're not expecting any limitations on Felton for Game 6.
The Kings are not expected to retain Keith Smart as head coach, according to USA Today.
With a new ownership group coming into place and the Kings facing a challenging future, it's possible Smart's tenure is over in Sacramento. After multiple player complaints about Smart's style and the Kings running an offense that resembled a fifth grade AAU team at times this season, we can't say we'd be surprised to see Smart let go. GM Geoff Petrie is also not expected to be retained, and Mike Malone is reportedly a candidate for the head coach gig.
Kawhi Leonard's knee is "bothering him," and it's "mild cause for concern," according to beat writer Jeff McDonald.
McDonald writes that the knee has bothering Leonard "all year," and it "affects him some nights more than others." Leonard missed some time during the regular season with what the team called right knee/quad tendinitis, and it's something that bears watching as the Spurs prepare for the Western Conference Finals against a tough Grizzlies team.
Tyson Chandler sustained injuries to his back and knee in the Game 5 win over the Pacers on Thursday.
The Knicks kept their season alive, and although it's not clear how the injuries may impact Chandler moving forward, he's fully expecting to play in Game 6. "I probably wont get the best night's sleep," he said. Chandler took a late tumble and left the court during the final minute, but we'd be surprised if he was forced to miss Game 6 with New York's season still on the line.