CHICAGO Doug Collins and the Chicago Bulls won't be reuniting.
Concerned that a second tenure as the Bulls' coach would spoil their friendship, Collins told chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to look elsewhere during a phone conversation on Friday.Meanwhile, the Bulls brought in Sacramento assistant Chuck Person and former Timberwolves coach Dwane Casey for second interviews. Jazz assistant Tyrone Corbin and Rockets assistant Elston Turner are in the running, according to the Tribune, which also reported along with the Chicago Sun-Times that Phoenix Suns assistant general manager Vinny Del Negro was in town to interview. Casey is the only one with head coaching experience.
FERNANDEZ TO PLAY FOR BLAZERS: Guard Rudy Fernandez said Friday that he plans to leave his Spanish ACB League team to join the Portland Trail Blazers. Fernandez made the announcement at a press conference in Spain. The Trail Blazers can not comment, because of league rules, until he signs with the team on July 1.
SEATTLE LAWSUIT PENDING: A judge in Seattle says she will rule Monday on motions in the city's lawsuit that seeks to prevent the NBA's SuperSonics from relocating to Oklahoma City. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman held a hearing Friday to rule on pretrial motions regarding evidence, arguments and witnesses. Those motions include whether certain witnesses and evidence will be presented at trial.
MAYO SIGNS WITH AGENT: O.J. Mayo has new representation LeBron James' agent, Leon Rose. Mike Woelfel, a Huntington lawyer for Mayo's family, confirmed the signing, which was first reported Friday by The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington. Mayo played one season at USC before declaring for this month's NBA draft.
HERREN FACES DRUG CHARGE: Former NBA player Chris Herren was charged with driving under the influence of drugs after Falls River, Mass., police found him slumped over the wheel of his running car, which crashed into a utility pole. Sgt. Thomas Mauretti said an officer found a hypodermic needle and a small blue bag in the car that he recognized as packaging for heroin on Wednesday. He said the officer believed the 32-year-old Herren had overdosed. Herren was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, where he was listed in good condition Friday. He was also charged with possession of a class A drug and reckless operation.