In our final breakdown of the Sixers' coaching candidates we look at Sam Mitchell, who was named NBA Coach of the Year in the 2006-07 season (see story).
Also, the Pacers eliminated the Knicks on Saturday night, taking Game 6, 106-99, and will move on to face the Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals (see story).
Now, here's a look at some news and notes from around the NBA:
J.R. Smith: 'I want to retire a Knick'
After a terrific regular season in which he was named Sixth Man of the Year, J.R. Smith struggled to find his shot in the postseason for the Knicks.
The 27-year-old guard's field goal percentage dropped from 42.2 to 33.1 and his three-point shooting dipped from 35.6 percent to 27.3.
Smith's disappearance in the playoffs may not have helped his standing around the league as he's likely to enter free agency this summer. Smith, however, made it quite clear he would like to remain with the Knicks.
"I want to retire a Knick. I don’t want to go anywhere else,” Smith told Peter Botte of the New York Daily News. “I love my teammates, I love my coaches. I was standing in the locker room looking at my jersey after the game and just knowing that I don’t want to be anywhere else except in the orange and blue. We’ll see.”
Smith has a player option for next season for just under $3 million. He's expected to opt out of that for a multi-year deal at a higher per-year salary, as pointed out by ProBasketballTalk.
In 80 games last season, Smith averaged 18.1 points, 2.7 assists and 5.3 rebounds per game for the Knicks.
Thunder won't amnesty Kendrick Perkins
After a dismal playoff performance this year, would the Oklahoma City Thunder consider using the amnesty provision on Kendrick Perkins?
Thunder general manager Sam Presti says no.
“We just haven’t considered using the provision,” Presti told Darnell Mayberry of the Oklahoman. “I wouldn’t necessarily directly attribute that to any player on our team. Every team looks at the amnesty provision different based on their different circumstances. But it’s not something that we’ve really explored.”
Perkins still his two years and nearly $19 million left on his current deal.
In the new collective bargaining agreement, teams have a one-time ability to have a contract that was signed before July 1, 2011 come off the books.
Perkins appeared in 78 games for Oklahoma City this season, averaging 4.2 points in 25.1 minutes per game.