Before fully opening their search, however, the Clippers are said to be “going for big names first,” according to a person with knowledge of their plan. Those include Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, the person said.
Several teams, including the Clippers and Nets, are believed to be waiting for the Grizzlies’ season to end to explore Hollins’ availability. With Memphis trailing the Spurs 3-0 in the Western Conference finals, league coaching sources expect Hollins to entertain multiple offers as his philosophy — and ultimately, his price — might be in conflict with those of the Grizzlies’ new decision-making hierarchy. Hollins does not have a contract for next season.
Shaw’s agent, Jerome Stanley, told CBSSports.com on Friday that his client will not entertain any head coaching opportunities until Indiana’s season is over. The Pacers and Heat are tied 1-1 in the Eastern Conference finals heading into Game 3 on Sunday night in Indianapolis.
Jeff Van Gundy, who will broadcast the NBA Finals for ABC beginning on June 6, has not commented publicly on any head coaching vacancies. His brother, Stan, said recently that he will not return to coaching next season.