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Charlotte Hornets coaching news: Jay Triano, Steve Clifford and Stephen Silas

Jay Triano is Charlotte Hornets lead assistant, while also in his second stint as coach of Canada’s men’s national team.
Jay Triano is Charlotte Hornets lead assistant, while also in his second stint as coach of Canada’s men’s national team. AP Photo

As new Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego assembles his staff, members of the previous staff are pursuing new jobs.

The Hornets made it official Thursday that Jay Triano, with head-coaching experience with the Toronto Raptors and Phoenix Suns, is joining Borrego's staff. Triano most recently was the Suns' interim coach after Earl Watson was fired early last season.

It's common practice in the NBA for first-time head coaches to have at least one former head coach on the staff. Triano coached the Raptors from 2008 through 2011, then was an assistant with the Portland Trail Blazers and Suns.

Meanwhile, former Hornets coach Steve Clifford is getting an interview with the Orlando Magic, according to New York Times NBA columnist Marc Stein. Clifford was a Magic assistant, to then-coach Stan Van Gundy, from 2007 through 2012.

Clifford was previously under consideration for openings with the Suns and Milwaukee Bucks. Clifford told the Observer recently he doesn't want a break from coaching, and if a head-coaching opportunity doesn't materialize, he'd be open to serving as an NBA assistant again.

Also, Clifford's lead assistant last season, Stephen Silas, is joining Rick Carlisle's staff with the Dallas Mavericks, according to multiple reports. Silas interviewed for the head-coaching job with the Atlanta Hawks that was filled by former Philadelphia 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce.

Silas filled in as Hornets coach for about six weeks last season when Clifford took a medical leave related to severe headaches.

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