INGLEWOOD, Calif. -- Two former Baltimore Bullets guards, Kevin Loughery and Fred Carter, are in the running for NBA head coaching jobs.
Loughery, who has been head coach in New Jersey, Washington and Atlanta, is bidding for the vacancy in Miami after the Heat fired Ron Rothstein. Loughery's close friend, Heat managing partner Billy Cunningham, is making the hire. If Loughery doesn't get it, Heat assistant Dave Wohl likely will be promoted.
Carter, who has been an assistant in Atlanta and now in Philadelphia, was interviewed last week by the Minnesota Timberwolves, who fired Bill Musselman. But Carter's talk with Timberwolves president Bob Stein reportedly lasted only a half-hour.
The Timberwolves spent considerably more time Friday talking with Golden State Warriors assistant Garry St. Jean, now viewed as the favorite candidate.
"The meeting went very well," St. Jean told the San Francisco Examiner. "I feel very comfortable, but that's from my side. But I'm in a no-lose situation. I love being a part of the Warriors and living in the Bay area."
Jackson, who had an outstanding rookie season, fell out of favor in New York two years ago after coach Rick Pitino left for the University of Kentucky. Pitino's successors, Stu Jackson and John MacLeod, favored a half-court game, and Mark Jackson lost his starting job to veteran Maurice Cheeks. New Knicks coach Pat Riley has not indicated where Jackson fits in his plans.
* Shrinking giant: The Bullets may be growing more interested in drafting Stanley Roberts, a 7-foot-1 center, after seeing him step on the scales during the NBA physicals for rookies in Chicago last week.
Roberts, who played for Real Madrid in Spain last season after leaving LSU as a sophomore, weighed 285. That is some 30 pounds fewer than a year ago, when NBA scouts questioned his work habits.
* Trade rumors: Golden State, with three first-round picks (Nos. 16, 17, 25), is considering swapping all of them to Miami for the No. 5 choice. The Warriors, who featured the smallest starting lineup in the league, are seeking a big man. Dikembe Mutombo, Georgetown's 7-2 shot blocker, may be available at that spot.
The Detroit Pistons, swept by the Bulls in the Eastern finals, are prepared to rebuild after dominating the conference in recent years.
"Every year, I've changed three or four guys, and I'll probably do the same this year," Pistons general manager Jack McCloskey said.