Will Nets go after George Karl?

George Karl is a free agent, the Denver Nuggets announced Thursday. Chris Humphreys/USA TODAY Sports

Updated at 3:16 p.m.: A league source confirmed to ESPN NewYork.com that the Nets are "highly unlikely" to pursue George Karl for their head-coaching vacancy.

The Brooklyn Nets have to consider George Karl for their head coaching vacancy, right?

Karl, who just won the NBA’s Coach of the Year award after guiding the Nuggets to 57 wins, has been let go in Denver, the team announced Thursday.

Instantly, Karl becomes the best free-agent coach out there. And if the Nets are after a “big name,” Karl certainly fits the bill.

It is unknown if the Nets will reach out to Karl, but they certainly should. Brooklyn’s No. 1 target to replace P.J. Carlesimo, at least up until this news broke, was Brian Shaw.

It was reported the Clippers were interested in both Karl and Shaw for their vacancy.

So what type of impact will this have on the Nets? Does it clear the way for Shaw to come to Brooklyn? And where does Lionel Hollins fit in all of this?

After all, the Nuggets now have a very attractive opening as well.

It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Should the Nets go after Karl? How do you think their coaching search will play out? Let us know in the comments section below.