The 2023 NBA playoffs are over. And while fans will have to wait until July to see where the big-name free agents wind up, there has been plenty of movement on the coaching front in last few weeks. Five teams have hired new coaches in the last few weeks, and all 30 jobs are again filled. The Raptors, who hired Grizzlies assistant Darko Rajakovic, were the final team to fill their vacancy.
The Suns, Bucks, Pistons and 76ers have landed their new coaches with Frank Vogel winding up in Phoenix, Adrian Griffin heading to Milwaukee, Monty Williams landing in Detroit and Nick Nurse going to Philadelphia. Notable names like Mike Budenholzer and Doc Rivers remain coaching free agents.
As the majority of the league turns its attention to the 2023-24 season, we're keeping track of the sideline movement. Follow along below with our coaching tracker.
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The Pistons moved on from head coach Dwane Casey as soon as the 2023 regular season ended in April. Casey is moving to a front-office role with the team and they found their replacement in the.
The Bucks fired title-winning coach Mike Budenholzer shortly after their surprising first-round exit against the Miami Heat. Budenholzer led the Bucks to the 2021 championship, but Milwaukee's title window is shrinking as the roster ages around Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ultimately, Griffin was Milwaukee's choice to move forward as the team's leader on the sidelines.
The 76ers moved on from Doc Rivers after three seasons and three second-round playoff exits. It could be a big summer of change in Philly as James Harden might also leave the franchise. Now, Nurse will lead the charge moving forward in Philadelphia.
Williams led Phoenix to the 2021 NBA Finals and the best record in the league in the 21-22 season. But two disappointing playoff exits spelled the end of his Suns tenure. Now, Phoenix hopes that Vogel can come in and lead this team to a championship like he did with the Lakers.
The Raptors got creative in their wide-ranging search as they talked to, and others about the job to replace Nurse. However, they landed on Rajakovic, who the team believes can coach a contender or a rebuilder.