Posted: Wednesday March 22, 2006 11:45AM; Updated: Wednesday March 22, 2006 12:59PM
His stock has fallen somewhat since being fired by the Cavs midway through last season. But Silas still has that solid four-year run with the Hornets ('99-03) on his résumé, and his no-nonsense style might appeal to a club seeking a disciplinarian. He has ties to Seattle from his days with the Sonics, but they don't seem interested right now.
The Michigan State coach has lost some luster since he won the '00 NCAA crown, but he remains a hot name in NBA circles. With his Spartans due to lose several key players, the time might be right for a jump. He's even got a veteran NBA assistant on his MSU staff (Jim Boylen) who can help him make the transition.
He swears he's happy as a TV analyst, but those who know him say they could see him back on the sidelines if the right situation presented itself. In other words, a chance to win a title, good money and lots of control. The Bucks made a run at him a year ago before settling on Terry Stotts.
Though he has no previous NBA head coaching experience, this Suns assistant was on the short list for the Portland vacancy last summer before losing out to McMillan. The former Pat Riley disciple is known as a defensive specialist, but he also has experience working with Mike D'Antoni and the Suns' high-octane offense.
This former Coach of the Year seems to show up on some team's short list every summer, but nobody has been able to lure him away from his cushy (and reported $750,000-a-year) assistant's gig in Dallas. One of these days the 68-year-old Harris just might pull a Hubie Brown and surprise everybody.
The former Warriors head coach has spent the past two seasons working as a Grizzlies assistant under Mike Fratello. After leading Golden State to a 38-44 record in '02-03, earning him runner-up in Coach of the Year voting, Musselman still has enough cachet to get a look. The Magic considered him last year before hiring Brian Hill.
Others to watch:Jim O'Brien, Terry Porter, Rudy Tomjanovich, Tony Brown (Celtics assistant), Phil Johnson (Jazz assistant), Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins, Dave Cowens, Randy Wittman, Bob Huggins, Mario Elie, Sidney Lowe, Brian Winters, Jack Sikma