Report: As many as 10 teams could be hiring new head coaches this offseason
The 2017-18 season has seen a fairly stable mix of coaching, with only three head coaches fired this season in Phoenix Suns’ Earl Watson, Memphis Grizzlies’ David Fizdale, and Milwaukee Bucks’ Jason Kidd.
The three former coaches were replaced by interims, and their corresponding team could soon start a coaching search.
According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, six-to-eight teams, and perhaps as many as 10 could be looking for new head coaches in the offseason.
Among the obvious in the hot seat are New York’s Jeff Hornacek, Denver’s Mike Malone, and Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy (could lose title of president as well with Chauncey Billups among those in the mix).
Coaches like Kidd, Sam Mitchell, Stephen Silas, Nick Nurse, and Ettore Messina (who is renowned as a top-notch EuroLeague coach) could see coaching opportunities in the near future.
More hot seats will become available in the playoffs, perhaps reaching into a third of the league making changes at the helm and giving their teams a fresh outlook into the future.
The likes of Luke Walton in Los Angeles, Frank Vogel in Orlando, and even Steve Clifford in Charlotte could also be part of wholesale changes by the organization, opening up even more potential for teams to make a change of direction.