Nuggets president Josh Kroenke told the Denver Post he and Masai Ujiri were putting the finishing touches on a contract extension when the Raptors requested permission to speak to Ujiri.
Ujiri is reportedly weighing an offer to be Raptors GM that could pay as high as $3 million annually. The extremely high offer from Toronto likely blew up whatever offer the Nuggets had presented to Ujiri, who won the NBA's Executive of the Year award this season. Besides the money, Ujiri spent time in Toronto's front office before heading to Denver, which will likely weigh heavily in his decision process.
Warriors assistant Mike Malone is one of the primary candidates for the Clippers' head coach job, ESPN Los Angeles reports.
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Malone has also been linked to the Warriors and 76ers jobs. Chris Paul knows Malone from New Orleans, where Malone was the lead assistant on Monty Williams' staff. Although Paul is very fond of Williams, it remains to be seen what Paul thinks of Malone. The Clippers are desperate to re-sign CP3, who is scheduled for free agency this summer, and he'll likely have a very big say in the coaching search if he wants to return to the L.A.
Vivek Ranadive has Warriors assistant Mike Malone atop his list of candidates to coach the Kings, a source tells Ric Bucher.
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This isn't all that surprising considering Ranadive was a minority owner with the Warriors prior to becoming the primary owner of the Kings. Malone is a very hot coaching candidate this summer and has been mentioned in connection with most of the open jobs. Technically, Keith Smart is still the coach but he reportedly is expected to be fired.