With the Canton Charge formally announcing the promotion of Jordi Fernandez as their next head coach, the Westchester Knicks and Sioux Falls Skyforce are left standing as the lone two teams yet to have made any formal announcements regarding their respective vacancies.
But perhaps the Skyforce are inching a tad bit closer to finding their man with a plan after all. On Thursday, the team's NBA parent club, the Miami Heat, rounded out its own respective coaching staff and announced some hirings that figure to have an impact for the Skyforce going forward.
Former NBA player Chris Quinn may be making some trips down to Sioux Falls, but alas, he won't be there to hit the hardwood. Despite having played for the Tulsa 66ers as recently as the 2012-13 season, Quinn has since retired and has accepted an assistant coaching position with Miami. His duties will reportedly include some work in Sioux Falls. It'll be interesting to see if he'll have a more formal role with the Skyforce moving forward, or if Quinn will simply accompany any and/or all Heat players to Sioux Falls upon assignment to monitor their progress along the way.
If one question surrounding the Skyforce's head coaching vacancy has been answered, it's that former assistant Octavio De La Grana won't succeed Pat Delany. Instead, he'll serve as a player development coach in Miami, also taking on responsibilities as Director of Minor League Operations.
Clearly, both Quinn and De La Grana figure to make an impact on Skyforce basketball this coming season, in some form.