NBA: Sonics will hire Carlesimo

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The Seattle SuperSonics have decided to hire P.J. Carlesimo as their new head coach, an NBA source said Tuesday evening.
Carlesimo has spent the previous five seasons as an assistant on the staff of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
Seattle’s new owner, Clay Bennett -- a former member of the Spurs’ ownership group -- has tried to use the Spurs as a blueprint to remake the Sonics. Last month, Bennett hired Spurs assistant general manager Sam Presti to oversee the Sonics’ front office.
Seattle has scheduled a news conference for noon Thursday at which officials are expected to announce Carlesimo's hiring.

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