The new way for teams to recruit a coach in the NBA is to visit the prospective hiree, not the other way around.
To that end, all the top officials from the New Orleans Hornets were in Dallas this morning to meet with Mavericks' assistant coach Dwane Casey about that franchise's open head-coaching position.
New owner Gary Chouest, whose purchase from George Shinn should be official soon, president Hugh Weber and General Manager Jeff Bower all visited Casey, who has been on coach Rick Carlisle's staff the last two seasons.
"It was an informative meeting,'' Casey said. "Gary and his family are going to be good for the NBA. I appreciate the opportunity to talk with them about their organization.''
The Hornets already have visited The Woodlands to talk to Avery Johnson, who was born in New Orleans.
Casey, meanwhile, was the head coach at Minnesota and had that team at 20-20 in 2006-07 before being fired. The Wolves went on to miss the playoffs, finishing well under .500 and losing Kevin Garnett the next summer. The franchise has yet to recover fully.
Casey's name also has arisen in connection with the open jobs at Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Clippers.
It's almost certain to come up in Chicago, too.