Penny Hardaway is reportedly on the shelves of several NBA franchises. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the former All-Star of Magic, currently coach for the College of Memphis, would have received several interview proposals to take the head of a franchise next season. Extended until 2025 in Tennessee, Anfernee has since denied any interest in a position of this ilk. Hmm, the future will tell… but the Woj rarely speaks wrong.
Penny Hardaway, like her NCAA counterpart Juwan Howard, would therefore have recently received offers from NBA franchises. Convincing since taking office at the Memphis Tigers, Hardaway has a very honorable record of 63 wins and 32 losses. The great waltz of the NBA coaches was launched by the recent dismissal of Terry Stotts in Portland, that of Steve Clifford in Orlando or the change of position of Brad Stevens to the Celtics. And the coaches transfer window is only at its beginning, some seats can very quickly become ejectable in the event of a poor performance in Playoffs (the Bucks in particular, the Clippers too)
Sources: Michigan’s Juwan Howard continues to tell NBA teams he’s not interested in even a discussion on leaving Ann Arbor. Teams are also calling to gather intel on Memphis coach Penny Hardaway’s work. He’s going to get offers to interview for openings in this NBA job cycle.
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 10, 2021
Anfernee Hardaway would in any case have the ideal profile to be at the head of a rebuilding team, her ability to develop young talents no longer needs to be proven. This is the case for example of James Wiseman, torn from prestigious programs like Duke or Kentucky (even if the pivot could only play 3 games under the colors of the Tigers because of a dark history of hijacked remuneration). In this profile, in the market, few franchises seek this kind of profile but one name echoes directly: the Orlando Magic. Great Star of the 90s in Mickey’s country, the opportunity for Penny could be ideal, especially since he would arrive in a region won over to his cause and instinctively relaunch the hype at the Amway Center, a few months later. the departure of some figures from the last decade.
“My heart is in Memphis. I’m here, I love the Tigers and their fans, and I would like to finish something that I have started to build ”- Anfernee Hardaway, at the microphone of Greg Gaston and Eli Savoie for Sport 56.
Speculation is therefore rife, it remains to be seen who plays intoxicating and who is telling the truth, but one thing is certain is that Penny seems particularly attached to his position in the Tenessee for several reasons. He had also declared after his extension, at the microphone of ESPN, that this job was “the position of his dreams”. A native of the country and a college member as a player, Penny might be keen to clinch an NCAA title and play the leading roles in the college championship before handing over. and also note that his $ 2.5 million annual salary is about what an average NBA coach earns even if the tarot could be a little higher than expected if Penny came to Florida or elsewhere.
Penny Hardaway is already attracting NBA franchises for several reasons and we can see why. In an era where the recent coaches named are often ex-residents of the Great League, his profile interests. Especially since his experience in university is for the moment a great success. It remains to be seen whether the Rubicon will be crossed this year or a little later for Penny.
Source : ESPN, Bleacher/Report.