The Nets will make D’Antoni available for interviews following their run in the playoffs, Schultz added. Brooklyn currently owns a 2-0 series lead over Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Before joining Steve Nash with the Nets, D’Antoni served as head coach of the Rockets, Lakers, Knicks, Nuggets and Suns, back when Nash was Phoenix’s point guard and back-to-back league MVP.
D’Antoni, 70, stepped down after four years with Houston at the end of last season. His small-ball style of quick 3-point shooting resulted in plenty of regular-season success with the Rockets, but failed to get them into the Finals.
Nets guard James Harden played under D’Antoni with the Rockets, and once said D’Antoni is a big reason he aimed for a trade to the Nets.
“Mike’s an unbelievable coach,” Harden said. “He’s been doing it for a very, very long time.”
Overall, D’Antoni has compiled a 718-555 record during the regular season, but is just 54-56 in the playoffs. He recently told True Hoop he is enjoying his time as an assistant coach.
“I sleep so much better,” D’Antoni said. “I tell Steve (Nash) all the time — I hate it when we lose, but I’m gonna go home and go to bed. You need to worry about this s**t for tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, former Blazers coach Terry Stotts has also been linked to the Magic job, as well as potential opening with the Pacers.
Current Clippers assistant Chauncey Billups has been linked to both the Celtics and Blazers vacancies.