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Former NBA coaches could join OSU search mix

Former NBA head coaches Terry Porter and Eric Musselman are interested in the vacant Oregon State basketball coaching job. Another ex-NBA head man, Lionel Hollins, probably isn't, though he would entertain the idea if a representative of the OSU athletic department were to call.

Porter, reached Friday in Minneapolis, said he hasn't heard from anyone at Oregon State, though several people outside the program have reached out to him.

"I'd be willing to listen," was all Porter wanted to be quoted as saying.

Porter, 51, was a two-time All-Star point guard who spent the first 10 years of his 17-year career with the Trail Blazers, helping the club reach the NBA finals in 1990 and '92. After retirement as a player in 2002, Porter served two stints as an NBA head coach -- with Milwaukee from 2003-05 and with Phoenix in 2008-09. The former J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winner has also been an assistant coach with Sacramento and Detroit and was No. 1 assistant with Rick Adelman at Minnesota the last four seasons.

Adelman resigned after the season and Porter, who makes his offseason home in Portland, is out of a job.

Musselman, the son of the late Bill Musselman, also was head coach of two NBA teams -- Golden State (2002-04) and Sacramento (2006-07). Musselman, 49, also served as assistant coach with Memphis. He recently resigned after two years as an assistant coach at Arizona State and is living in the Bay Area.

"I would certainly have interest," said Musselman, who also was a two-time coach of the year in the NBA Development League and coached in the Continental Basketball Association.

Hollins, 60, has been out of coaching since not being rehired after leading Memphis to a franchise-record 56 victories in 2012-13, his fourth season running the Grizzlies.

The starting guard for the 1977 NBA champion Blazers said he had been contacted by an Oregon State booster, scouting out his interest in the OSU job.

"I told him to have someone from the school call me, and we'd see," Hollins said. "I want to coach somewhere."

As of Friday, nobody from the school had contacted Hollins.

Despite a printed report that former UCLA coach Ben Holland is Oregon State's "target," sources say athletic director Bob De Carolis is gathering information on potential candidates and will begin multiple interviews beginning next week.

One source said the process could take another two weeks.