Phil Jackson eager to return to the NBA

USA TODAY Sports

Phil Jackson ready to return? Apparently so.

According to Ramona Shelbourne and Marc Stein, Phil Jackson is itching to return to the NBA next season.

After nearly two seasons in retirement, Phil Jackson has become increasingly interested in working in the NBA next season, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

That doesn't necessarily mean a return to coaching, as Jackson is known to be intrigued by the concept of moving into management for the first time in his career.

The kicker in the story?

Jackson also has been mentioned as a potential candidate to be involved with the new ownership group in Seattle in a front-office capacity that would include mentoring Brian Shaw to be the team's new head coach, provided that Chris Hansen and Steve Ballmer successfully complete the purchase of the Sacramento Kings.

The job security of Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro has likewise been questioned all season, with Del Negro in the final year of his contract.

If the opportunity arises, should the Clippers FO go after Phil? Thoughts?

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