The Los Angeles Clippers plan to interview Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw as soon as Monday, sources have told ESPN, as he and recently fired Denver Nuggets coach George Karl have emerged as the team's top choices to fill its head coaching vacancy.
The Clippers are still interested in Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, whom they were scheduled to speak with by phone on Thursday afternoon, sources said.
ESPNLosAngeles.com reported on Tuesday that Shaw, who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers as either a player or a coach, is seen as the front-runner for the Clippers job. His youth, championship resume and his track record of player development with budding stars such as Paul George and Lance Stephenson at Indiana, are seen as assets by some in the organization.
The Clippers have been keeping an eye on Karl's situation in Denver for several weeks, knowing he may become available, according to sources. L.A. had preliminary discussions with Denver before the Nuggets and Karl formally parted ways on Thursday morning, but the Clippers had not officially asked permission to speak with him.
Karl is very intrigued by the job, two sources close to the coach said. The Clippers have yet to formally speak with him, but there have been discussions with his representative, sources said.
Karl, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, would bring 1,131 career wins and a style of play that easily would translate with the Clippers' roster.