NBA's silly season will determine coaches' fates

Even though the Nets are headed to the playoffs, coach P.J. Carlesimo could still find himself out...

Even though the Nets are headed to the playoffs, coach P.J. Carlesimo could still find himself out of a job. (Reuters)

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:40 PM ET

The silly season awaits, a time when names get bandied about in rumours, teams begin to take stock of their assets and change is as inevitable as Miami appearing in its third successive NBA final appearance.

Trades, while theoretically possible, aren’t likely to be consummated during the playoffs, which tip off this weekend.

Realistically, any meaningful deal won’t get done until the days leading up to the June draft or when free agency kicks in a month later.

In the coming days and weeks, basketball’s silly season will highlight coaches as the annual carousel swings into motion.

There have been in-season moves in Milwaukee, an early-season move involving the Lakers and coaching changes in Brooklyn and Phoenix.

Only Mike D’Antoni was given the official title as head coach by the Lakers, while the likes of P.J. Carlesimo (Nets), Lindsey Hunter (Suns) and Jim Boylan (Bucks) were tabbed with the interim label.


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