Bruce Pearl's next coaching stop could be in the NBA Development League. If that ends up being the case, the former head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers coach will reportedly be compensated quite handsomely to put 'D-League coach' on his résumé.
Pearl is meeting with the Texas Legends this week, the D-League affiliate of the Dallas Mavericks that is co-owned by Donnie Nelson, and reportedly is being offered a package approaching $500,000, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Both the Legends and Pearl are scheduled to meet with the media on Thursday, according to a team release.
As Stein reports, the $500,000 figure would easily be the most lucrative coaching package put together for a head coach in the D-League. In fact, there are very few coaches being paid six figures to coach in the D-League, much less being offered $500,000 to coach a 50-game season.
This isn't anything new as the Legends have made plenty of headlines ever since becoming an expansion franchise -- and continue to make the national media with the Pearl interview. Last season, the team hired Hall of Fame member Nancy Lieberman as the team's first head coach and had a front office staff that included Nelson, Del Harris and Spud Webb.
Still, it seems quite a risky business venture if the $500,000 figure is legit.