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Avery Confirms John Loyer's Gone, Praises P.J. Carlesimo to Beats

In a 30-minute talk with the team's beat writers, Avery Johnson confirmed that John Loyer, the team's highly thought of assistant, will join Lawrence Frank's staff in Detroit. Although he wouldn't confirm that P.J. Carlesimo will be joining the the Nets, he heaped praise on the former Seton Hall and Warriors coach.

In addition, tweets from beats report Johnson says Sam Mitchell could return to the bench after losing out on the Timberwolves' job, but would make no commitment. Both Popeye Jones, who worked with Johnson in Dallas, and Doug Overton will get more responsibility.  In other coaching news, the Armor will hold a press conference Wednesday to officially name Bob MacKinnon Jr. as head coach and introduce other members of the Springfield staff.

Johnson also said Mikhail Prokhorov's political ambitions will cause some "shifting" in the organization but it shouldn't change much.  One "shift" that's already happened: Sergey Kushchenko, who's now described as an executive board member "is going to have more of a role."