The Dallas Mavericks have a 2-0 lead on the Portland Trail Blazers and look poised to advance to the next round of the NBA Playoffs, but changes could be coming for Mark Cuban's team. ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Houston Rockets, who've parted with head coach Rick Adelman after four mostly successful seasons, will interview Dallas assistant coach Dwane Casey for the vacancy Adelman's departure created. However, Houston will need to wait until the Mavericks have a break in their schedule before it can speak with Casey.â†µâ†µ
Casey has less than two years of NBA head-coaching experience, serving in that capacity with the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2005/06 and the first half of the 2006/07 seasons. He tallied a 53-69 record there. Notably, he guided the Wolves to a solid 20-20 showing in his final season, but management elected to dismiss him. The team finished the season 12-30 under Randy Wittman.â†µâ†µ
Casey nearly came off the coaching market in 2010, as he interviewed for the Los Angeles Clippers' opening, which eventually went to Vinny Del Negro. Oddly, both men were finalists in the Bulls' coaching search in 2008, when the Bulls also chose Del Negro over Casey.