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NBA Roundup: Three-time sixth player of the year with no plans to retire this offseason, Utah Jazz reveals updated roster for head coaches and more

The Golden State Warriors just won their fourth title in six final games. They proved NBA peace that their dynasty is still alive. Steph Curry has finally won the coveted Finals MVP trophy. Now several analysts have included it in their top 10 lists of all time.

In other news, the Charlotte Hornets and Utah Jazz are still looking for a new head coach. Their search is not going as well as planned. In an unprecedented move, Kenny Atkinson turned down an offer from head coach Charlotte and decided to remain an assistant with the Warriors. Jazz, on the other hand, is still in the interview stage.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are looking to strengthen their roster after extremely disappointing campaigns. The two teams were favorites for the title until the start of the 2021–22 season, but ended up both winning 0 playoff games.

Let’s dive into some news from across the NBA over the past 24 hours.

Lou Williams not interested in leaving the NBA just yet

Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks during the 2021-22 NBA season
Lou Williams of the Atlanta Hawks during the 2021-22 NBA season

Lou Williams, 35, has no interest in leaving the NBA and plans to return for his 18th season. He has been sixth man of the year three times and is arguably one of the best bench players of all time. He last played for the Atlanta Hawks and will be active in free agency this offseason. According to Shams Charania from AthleticWilliams’ agent Wallace Prather said:

“(Williams) is not retiring and I will be actively talking to teams during free agency.”

Can Lou Williams help the team next season? He will be a free agent. Here is his report card in the following areas:🍗Game🍗Perimeter Shooting.bball-index.com/data-tools-pack… https://t.co/vGO8SfQLtP

Collin Sexton cleared for full training after missing much of last season

Colleen Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2021
Colleen Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2021

Collin Sexton missed most of last season, playing just 11 games at the start. He had a torn meniscus in his left knee and didn’t fit at all despite the Cleveland Cavaliers being in the play-in tournament. He is expected to become a successful member of this promising team or a valuable trading asset. According to Shams Charania from Athletic, he is qualified for full contact training and basketball games. He reported:

“Restricted free agent Cavaliers Colleen Sexton has been cleared to play full-time basketball,” the sources said. In November, Sexton underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus and made a full recovery on the eve of becoming a free agent. $20 million a year range.”

Brooklyn Nets deadlocked with Kyrie Irving regarding his future

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round
Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets in the first round

Kyrie Irving’s future with the Brooklyn Nets is up in the air, with recent reports suggesting the team is deadlocked with him over his contract. The rest of the NBA is optimistic that Irving will enter the free agent market and sign with another team. Teams such as the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks are reportedly interested in him if Irving decides to leave Brooklyn. He has eight days before the deadline to select the $36.9 million player option for the 2022-23 NBA season.

According to Shams Charania from Athletic:

“Multiple sources tell The Athletic that talks about Irving’s future between him and the Nets have stalled. There is currently an impasse between the parties that is clearing the way for the seven-time All-Star to consider an open market,” the sources said.

Kyrie Irving and the Nets are “in a stalemate,” giving him the opportunity to test the open market. @ShamsCharania Lakers and Knicks expected to become fans https://t.co/LnAgFks2yB

Veteran forward Jeff Green will return to the Denver Nuggets next season.

Jeff Green of the Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Playoffs
Jeff Green of the Denver Nuggets vs. Golden State Warriors in the 2022 NBA Playoffs

Jeff Green was a valued player for the Denver Nuggets last season. He was also an important figure in the Brooklyn Nets in 2021, but the organization didn’t bring him back. However, the Nuggets will use his services again as the 35-year-old forward decided to choose the player option to continue playing alongside reigning two-time MVP in Nikola Jokic.

Last season, he averaged 10.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, and last season he shot 52% from the field and started in 63 of the 75 games he played. He also started in all five playoff games that year.

Veteran forward Jeff Green has exercised his $4.5 million player option to return to the Denver Nuggets next season, sources told ESPN.

Utah Jazz releases roster in the midst of massive head coach search

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz in the 2022 NBA Playoffs
Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz in the 2022 NBA Playoffs

The Utah Jazz are in the midst of looking for a head coach and have interviewed more candidates than any other organization in the NBA. They have published a list of 15 potential head coaches who are ready for a second interview. The list included 12 assistant coaches, one G-League coach and two former head coaches.

According to Shams Charania from Athleticassistant coaches assigned to the job are New York Knicks assistant Johnny Bryant, current Utah Jazz assistant Alex Jensen, Toronto Raptors assistant Adrian Griffin, Boston Celtics assistant Will Hardy and Joe Mazzulla, Milwaukee assistant Bucks Charles Lee, Miami Heat assistant Chris Quinn, Dallas Mavericks assistant Sean Sweeney, Detroit Pistons assistant Jerome Allen, and Philadelphia 76ers assistant Sam Cassell.

The current G-League head coach is Jason Terry, who coaches Grand Rapids Gold, a subsidiary of the Denver Nuggets. And the former head coaches are Frank Fogel (Los Angeles Lakers) and Terry Stotts (Portland Trail Blazers).

The Utah Jazz interviewed Jason Terry for the vacant head coach position and Terry shared with @BallySports why Jazz is heading in the right direction and is a “good man for the job” and why Donovan Mitchell is an elite athlete. Full interview here ➡️bit.ly/39x2LqA https://t.co/SVcGa1sLtG


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