Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford has been hired as the Charlotte Bobcats new head coach, multiple media outlets reported Monday.
Clifford replaced Mike Dunlap, who was fired in April after one season as Charlotte's head coach.
Clifford agreed to a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. Clifford will receive $6 million, if he is there all three years.
This is the first head coaching job for Clifford, who last season on the Lakers after coaching for five seasons under Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic. He had also worked for Jeff Van Gundy with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.
Former Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner, former Los Angeles Clippers and Suns coach Alvin Gentry and former Lakers assistant and Duke player Quin Snyder were also candidates for the job.
---Sacramento Kings general manager Geoff Petrie will not be retained by the new Kings ownership group under Vivek Ranadive, USA Today reported.
According to the report, Ranadive has begun looking for a replacement Petrie and is considering San Antonio Spurs president R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace.
----Former NFL quarterback Joe Theismann told Fox Sports Florida over the weekend that Miami Heat star LeBron James is talented enough to be a quarterback in the NFL.
"I wouldn't count him out," Theismann said. "He's the most tremendous physical specimen in all of sports. I think he's certainly talented enough. He's intelligent."
Theismann even offered to be the reigning NBA MVP's agent.