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Thunder Notebook: Assistant coaches coming

Oklahoman Published: June 15, 2009
Still down one assistant coach because of Paul Westhead’s departure following the firing of P.J. Carlesimo and subsequent promotion of Scott Brooks and hiring of Ron Adams, the Thunder could have one more assistant’s position to fill. The team is expected to move on without one of its four remaining assistants and has already begun interviewing candidates. The new additions could be announced in the near future.

According to one league source, the positions could be filled before the June 25 draft, and at least one of the hires is likely to be an offensive-minded coach.

Desmond Mason’s right knee is 100 percent healed, and the Thunder forward can resume all basketball activities. Mason, who is awaiting the birth of his second child at his offseason home in Portland, Ore., will not play pick-up games this summer for precautionary reasons. His workouts are expected to include running drills, weigh-lifting and other weight-bearing activities.

The Thunder has continued to work closely with Mason as he rehabs. Mason remains under contract until his $5.3 million salary comes off the books July 1. Mason turns 32 on Oct. 11 but has repeatedly expressed interest in remaining with the up-and-coming Thunder. Negotiations, which can’t begin until July 1, will be the determining factor of whether the fan favorite returns.

Mason missed the final 36 games of the season after hyper-extending his right knee in a game against Memphis in late January.


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