RUMOR: Nets’ definitive stance on Mike D’Antoni getting interest from Celtics, Magic, Blazers
Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni is getting a lot of interest from opposing teams right now. With the Boston Celtics, Orlando Magic, and the Portland Trail Blazers all recently opening up the position for the head coach of their respective teams, it looks like D’Antoni ranks highly on their lists.
As it appears, the Nets are willing to let D’Antoni leave Brooklyn in the summer (h/t Jordan Schultz of ESPN):
Per league sources, #Nets assistant coach Mike D’Antoni is receiving interest for the #Blazers, #Celtics and #Magic HC jobs. The Nets will grant interview requests for D’Antoni — following the playoffs.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) June 9, 2021
It isn’t surprising that D’Antoni is getting a lot of attention right now. He’s one of the most high-profile coaches in the league that still remains available. As it is, the Celtics, the Magic, and the Blazers can do far worse than a tenured coach such as D’Antoni.
To be clear, however, the Nets won’t be allowing D’Antoni to interview until after the playoffs. The entire team is locked in on their ultimate goal right now of winning the NBA title, and they aren’t going to let any distractions get in the way.
D’Antoni joined the Nets during the offseason as an assistant to first-year head coach Steve Nash. This pair found a lot of success during their time together with the Phoenix Suns, with Nash bagging back-to-back MVP titles. D’Antoni has served as a veteran voice in Nash’s coaching team, with the rookie coach looking to take the Nets all the way this season. Their union might be short-lived though, with D’Antoni now appearing to be on his way out of Brooklyn in the summer.