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Default Grange: Triano, Raptors Still Working on Details

Originally Posted by Michael Grange
When it comes to the big picture, the Toronto Raptors coaching situation is crystal clear: Jay Triano is the head coach, with a mandate to get the NBA team back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture.

The details? They’re still being worked out.

The two biggest names linked to the Raptors staff in recent days – Marc Iavaroni and Alvin Williams – are yet to be set in stone, according to team sources.

Iavaroni – the former Memphis Grizzlies head coach and veteran assistant with stints in Cleveland, Miami and Phoenix – is the foremost candidate for the lead assistant role alongside Triano, but a deal is not yet finalized.

Raptors president Bryan Colangelo shot down a report that surfaced earlier this week that Iavaroni’s signing was being held up by the Grizzlies, who are seeking compensation in exchange for releasing their former coach from the final year of his contract.

“It’s not true,” Colangelo said. “It’s absolutely false.”

And while signs point to former Raptors guard Williams being added as an assistant coach with an emphasis on skills development, it has not been confirmed.

“It’s not a done deal,” said Triano, adding he hopes to meet with Williams next week. “We’ve talked on the phone and had initial talks, but nothing is done yet.”
Source - Triano, Raptors still working on details - The Globe and Mail
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