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Could Nate McMillan end up coaching Charlotte?

Dec 27, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

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Paul Silas will have his first game as the interim head coach of the Charlotte Bobcats Monday, replacing Larry Brown.

But already there is speculation about who will replace Silas next season (Silas does not want to give up the job so easily). Marc Stein of ESPN threw out an interesting name.

Look for Blazers coach Nate McMillan to draw interest from Bobcats owner Michael Jordan as a potential long-term replacement for Larry Brown should McMillan and the Blazers part ways after his contract expires at season’s end. The respected Paul Silas was a natural interim choice for Jordan — given that Silas lives in Charlotte, had been attending many Bobcats games and badly wanted the job when it went to Brown’s predecessor, Sam Vincent — and badly wants to win Jordan over to score the job permanently. McMillan, though, has a strong advocate in the organization in Bobcats president Fred Whitfield.

The Blazers may well make some radical changes to the team next summer — the plans of building around Brandon Roy and Greg Oden have to be reconsidered — and McMillan leaving could be part of that. If so, there would be a few suitors for McMillan’s talents, Charlotte amo

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