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NBA Rumors Stories for Thursday, April 19, 2018
Updated 1:00 a.m. ET

Former Warriors head coach Mark Jackson will interview for the New York Knicks job next Wednesday, according to the New York Post. His three-season stint with Golden State could hold him back. This much is certain — compiling a background check has become easier for the Knicks with the recent release of “Betaball,” which details the building of the Warriors dynasty. Jackson was the Warriors coach from the 2011-12 season through the 2013-14 campaign. Bay Area News Group

Not surprisingly, Kawhi Leonard was listed on the Spurs injury report heading into Thursday night's game. But he was joined by Joffrey Lauvergne for the second game in a row. Houston Chronicle

What should the Pistons do? They have four options: 1. Maintain status quo by retaining Van Gundy as coach and head of personnel. Given Gores' repeated comments that something needs to change, this doesn't seem likely. 2. Keep Van Gundy as coach and put someone else in change of personnel. Gores, the past two times he has spoken with media, called Van Gundy a "team player," someone who will do what's right for the organization. That might be interpreted as the owner believing Van Gundy would relinquish personnel control and focus solely on coaching. Michigan Live

Guard Goran Dragic said that it is up to the Heat's perimeter player to meet the 76ers' outside challenges straight on, freeing the Heat's big men to protect the paint. "Especially the catch-and-shoot players, when they come out off the screen, sometimes we got two guys challenging the shot," he said. "When the big guys challenge the shot, that gives their big guys a straight line to offensive rebounds. "For our guards, we need to contest those shots better so the big guy doesn’t need to contest them.” South Florida Sun Sentinel

The Philadelphia 76ers are still uncertain when they will have center Joel Embiid back in the lineup. On Wednesday, the Sixers officially listed Embiid as doubtful for Thursday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. Embiid has missed the past 10 games because of broken orbital bone and concussion. Sun Sentinel

Sixers coach Brett Brown did not offer many new details but said he has no idea when Embiid will return. “I’m not really anything,” Brown said. “I am completely neutral. We’ll coach and plan and think like that until somebody tells me otherwise.” Sun Sentinel

Wesley Matthews has one more test awaiting him on Thursday, but after that he said he expects to be cleared to do any basketball-related activity. The Mavericks' shooting guard said Wednesday that an MRI scheduled for Thursday will determine if the stress fracture in his right fibula is healed. "By the end of the week, I should be good to go," Matthews said. Dallas Morning News

And while Matthews has said he doesn't want to talk about his contract status - he's got a player option for 2018-19 at $18.6 million - he may have given a little hint at his intentions when he was asked if he planned to do more community events this summer. "Yeah, I mean, I'm going to be here, so I'd love to," he said. Dallas Morning News


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