The NBA Playoffs are in full swing as we approach the conference finals, but many teams from around the league have already shifted their focus towards next season. The biggest news of the day came from the Orlando Magic, as head coach Scott Skiles surprisingly resigned after just one season with the team. Here's all the latest news and rumors from around the league:
Skiles had rift with Orlando's front office
Skiles guided the Magic to a 10-win improvement in 2016, but his decision to resign had to do with repeated clashes with the front office.
Philosophical differences central reason Scott Skiles resigned but sources say he was also unhappy an option year in contract not picked up— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) May 12, 2016
Was a real sense among Magic sources that Skiles and Hennigan just did not mesh and change was needed. Skiles took his ball and went home— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 12, 2016
Hawks to get rid of either Teague or Schroder?
Atlanta's point guard situation was in limbo all season. Jeff Teague was the starter, but backup Dennis Schroder occasionally played more minutes and often closed games, something that didn't sit well with Teague, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
There were moments this season with Teague, an All-Star last season, was not happy with watching from the bench as Schroder finished games. The guard was never publically vocal about his displeasure when Budenholzer stayed with the hot hand in the final minutes of games.
The situation is made more complicated by the fact that Schroder told the team before the season that he wanted to leave if he wasn't the starter. As a result, the decision appears to be looming as to which one of the two they will keep.
There are officials from other teams in the league that believe the Hawks can’t go into next season with the same setup of Teague starting and Schroder coming off the bench. However, it does remain an option. Hawks president of basketball operations and head coach Mike Budenholzer and general manager Wes Wilcox will likely have many conversations in the next few months on the issue.
Teague averaged 15.9 points and 5.9 assists per game this past season. Schroder averaged 11.0 points and 4.4 assists per game.Back to the NBA Newsfeed