The Sixers have received premission to interview Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Bobcats and Bucks have already interviewed Sampson, a hot name in coaching circles with so many openings. According to the Inquirer, Jeff Hornacek is "another name that Hinkie is probably going to look at a little longer." The Sixers don't appear close to hiring a new coach.
The Bobcats interviewed Kelvin Sampson on Monday for their head coaching vacancy.
He was great for the Rockets as interim head coach while Kevin McHale had a leave of absence. Sampson has been interviewed by the Bucks and he's shaping up to be one of the more coveted coaching candidates. The Bobcats don't exactly make a great case for a prospective coach, so Sampson may be weighing his other options.
The Rockets are not expected to pick up Francisco Garcia's $6.4 million option for 2013-14.
This means Garcia will become a free agent, as expected, though he's already said he would "love" to re-sign with Houston. He is also the only substantial free agent for the Rockets this season, as GM Daryl Morey has constructed a playoff team brimming with talented young players on affordable contracts laden with team options.
Kelvin Sampson has had his coaching interview with the Bucks.
Sampson is drawing interest from a few different teams, and it's worth noting that he's already been in for his interview with the Bucks. He's certain to have a handful of other interviews, and we wouldn't be surprised if he got offered a head coaching job with his reputation as an excellent assistant in Houston.
Jeremy Lin revealed that he wouldn't mind coming off the bench next season if he plays the right "role."
Lin cited Jarrett Jack as an example of a bench player who plays starter's minutes, but it's clear Lin doesn't want to become an afterthought or backup in Houston. "I don't think your role is limited to starting or coming off the bench," he said. "So it just depends." According to CSN Houston, there are "no signs that Lin is headed to the bench."
Francisco Garcia would "love to come back" with the Rockets next season.
It seems doubtful that Houston will pick up his $6.4 million team option, however, so he may have to negotiate a new deal to stay with James Harden and company. Cisco played in 58 games this season, including 20 starts in which he averaged 7.9 points, 1.8 threes, 0.9 steals and 1.1 blocks in a mere 24 minutes per game.
There is reportedly a "good chance" that the Rockets will sign Turkish PF Furkan Aldemir next season.
Aldemir is an impressive rebounder and defender, but his offensive game remains very raw. He's 21 years old and averaged a mere 17 minutes per game for his Turkish team in 2012-13, and fantasy owners can safely assume he won't help their teams as a rookie.