Jordan to Talk to 76ers, Too
Former Wizards Coach Eddie Jordan returned home on Wednesday from Las Vegas, where he met with the Sacramento Kings to discuss their head coaching vacancy. And, according to multiple league sources, Jordan is expected to meet of Friday with the Philadelphia 76ers about their job opening. That job became available on Monday when 76ers General Manager Ed Stefanski announced that Tony DiLeo would not return as head coach but would move back to a front office position.
The 76ers are also reportedly interested in current TNT announcer and former Chicago and Detroit coach Doug Collins. Philadelphia appears to be the better job of the two, with the 76ers advancing to the postseason the past two years and with former all-star Elton Brand expected to return from a shoulder injury next season. But Jordan told the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday that he would be fine with a return to the organization that gave him his first start.
"No. 1, I have great respect and admiration for (Kings basketball president) Geoff Petrie, (Kings consultant) Pete Carril, and the Maloofs, for their energy, enthusiasm and excitement with their team," Jordan told the Bee. "Second of all, I love coaching and developing, especially young players. I've been involved with young players both in New Jersey (as an assistant) and the Wizards (as a head coach). Third, I love Northern California. There are a lot of positives, a lot of good things. But before I get to the step of, 'Would I accept an offer?' it has to be offered to me, and it hasn't been offered to me yet."
He told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia that he is also very interested in the 76ers job but wishes the team would pursue him as aggressively as the Kings have. "It fits like a glove in my opinion," said Jordan, who worked with Stefanski for five seasons in New Jersey, where Jordan was an assistant coach, Stefanski was an assistant general manager and the Nets made back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003.
The key issue for Jordan will most likely be money. The Washington Wizards still owe him about $4 million next season and would be left to pay the difference of any deal Jordan signs with another team. Jordan would like to have some long term security. The problem is few teams appear willing to spend big money on coaches these days -- Flip Saunders's four-year, $18-million deal with the Wizards notwithstanding.
As for Saunders's coaching staff, the Boston Globe reported on Sunday that Sam Cassell plans on accepting a job as an assistant coach with the Wizards in the next two weeks.
May 13, 2009; 6:55 PM ET
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