Report: Warriors assistant Malone eliminated from Magic head coach search


Report: Warriors assistant Malone eliminated from Magic head coach search

Michael Malones future with the Warriors is safe for now.Golden States assistant coachis no longer being considered for the head coaching job with the Orlando Magic,according to Sports Illustrateds Sam Amick.Agent Steve Kauffman confirms Golden State asst. Michael Malone was told by Magic GM Rob Hennigan that he is no longer being considered. Sam Amick (@sam_amick) July 15, 2012The Magic fired Stan Van Gundy after last season following afeud between Van Gundy and Dwight Howard. Orlandohas begun narrowing down its field of candidates, and Pacers assistant BrianShaw withdrew himself from consideration on Sunday.Malone has coached in the NBA for 11 years, nine of them asan assistant coach. He came to the Warriors before last season after serving asthe lead assistant coach for the New Orleans Hornets. Malone also coached withthe Cavaliers for five years.Malone finished first in a 2011 poll of generalmanagers asked to name the leagues top assistant coach. He is noted for hiswork improving players defensively, including working with LeBron James in Cleveland and the Hornetsdefensive improvements in the 2010-11 season.Malones agent, Steve Kauffman expressed interest in thePortland Trail Blazers coaching vacancy in May, so Malone may still be on themove this offseason.

Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs


Report: Derrick Rose 'has committed to sign' with Cavs

The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be adding a former MVP to the roster.

Free agent point guard Derrick Rose has "committed to sign" with the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers, according to The Vertical.

The pact is expected to be a one-year, $2.1 million deal, according to ESPN.

In one season with the Knicks, Rose appeared in 64 games. He averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds in 32.5 minutes.

News of Rose joining the Cavs comes as trade winds swirl around starting point guard Kyrie Irving.

Drafted No. 1 overall in 2008, Rose spent the first eight years of his career with the Bulls and won the 2010-11 NBA MVP.

Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'


Adam Silver feels bad for Cleveland: 'Where there's smoke, there's fire'

When Adam Silver speaks, you listen (or in this case, you read what he said).

The NBA Commissioner joined The Rich Eisen Show on Monday morning and was asked the following question:

"Are you ecstatic of all this news, all the drama that's being played out in all these rosters in free agency?"

Silver's answer was kind of surprising.

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"I love the interest. I'm not ecstatic about the drama," Silver began. "I feel bad for whatever is going on in Cleveland, and I have no first-hand information.

"But I assume where there's smoke, there's fire. Brian Windhorst has sort of been cataloguing LeBron's career for a long time, and he usually has very accurate insights from that team."

Last Friday, Windhorst broke the news that Kyrie Irving requested a trade.

LeBron James was reportedly "blindsided and disappointed."

"It's upsetting to hear that, when you see superstar players who have co-existed -- who had so much success together, obviously three Finals in a row, one championship -- to hear that for whatever reason, there's a sense that they can't continue to co-exist," Silver added. "Yeah, that's drama, but it's not necessarily the kind of drama that the league wants."

The Cavs selected LeBron with the No.1 overall pick in 2003.

The Cavs selected Kyrie with the No. 1 overall pick in 2011.

LeBron can become a free agent next summer, while Kyrie can hit the open market in July 2019.

Will the Cavs give in to Kyrie's request? Stay tuned...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller