HoopsHype George Karl rumors

June 16, 2013 Updates
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However, speculation about Rivers becoming the next Clippers coach to replace Vinny Del Negro still isn't a dead issue, the NBA executives said late Friday. Meanwhile, the Clippers were still trying to set up a face-to-face interview with former Portland Trail Blazers Coach Nate McMillan, a meeting that could take place next week, one executive said. Another celebrated coach looking for work is former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. However, one executive said the Clippers "never expressed tremendous interest" in Karl. He is expected to be interviewed for the Memphis job next week. Los Angeles Times

June 14, 2013 Updates

Q: Will you coach next season? George Karl: "I don't know. I'm talking to Memphis and have had basically preliminary conversations with L.A. (Clippers) and Memphis. I don't think there's anything that's going to happen this week. If there is, it's going to be with someone else, it's not going to be with me. ... I want to coach three to four (years) at least. But I want to coach a good team. I don't want to coach a rebuilding team." Denver Post

Upon being fired last week, Nuggets coach George Karl told team president Josh Kroenke, "I think I should tell you, I think it's very stupid." The controversial firing of the reigning NBA coach of the year has led to much debate in Denver. On Thursday afternoon, Karl sat down with The Denver Post and discussed an array of topics, including his firing, his future (possibly landing with the Memphis Grizzlies or the Los Angeles Clippers) and the future of the Nuggets, a team he believes could have won 55 games next season, even with Danilo Gallinari out for much of the season due to knee surgery. "I'm not going to stand here and justify my (playoff) record," Karl said, but he believed the franchise was on an upward tick, "and to blow that away, it leaves you helpless, speechless, powerless, sad, a lot of words." Denver Post

Q: Can you describe your desire for a contract extension, heading into the last year of your contract? A: "I didn't demand an extension. I said to Josh, 'I will coach this team next year, I'm excited about coaching this team next year, but in the last year of a contract, there are things that could happen.' I didn't say they would happen, I said they could happen. I said I didn't think I deserved a three-year extension, but it's a signed contract (with an option), so let's compromise. I don't think I deserved to get my option picked up, even if we won in the first round (of the playoffs), but there's a middle ground. The thing that annoys me every day still is the fun connection we have with this team. They think they can unplug us and plug somebody else in, and I'm going, 'Wow, that is not respectful of the coaching profession.' " Denver Post

June 13, 2013 Updates
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Grizzlies assistant Dave Joerger is widely seen as the frontrunner to replace the departed Lionel Hollins and former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl is being considered as well. Yet as was first reported by CBSSports.com, the Grizzlies will also interview Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney. The person told USA TODAY Sports that Pinckney's interview will be on Thursday. No interview for Karl has been set up as yet. USA Today Sports

June 10, 2013 Updates
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The Clippers, especially if point guard Chris Paul chooses to re-sign with the team this summer, and the Grizzlies would be particularly appealing job openings because each seems ready-made for a championship-caliber season and features different but obvious paths to deep playoff runs. Still, the source close to Karl told FOX Sports that Memphis could be an unlikely fit because the team seems unwilling to pay a premium for a premium coach. The Clippers and owner Donald Sterling, however, are ready to pony up big dollars for the right candidate, the source said. FOXSports.com

But a person familiar with Memphis’ thinking refuted that notion. “That’s not true,” the source said, stressing that Memphis recognizes the unique position the organization is in. The Grizzlies are coming off of a Western Conference finals appearance and returning a team they see as having a window right now to win an NBA championship. “They’ll absolutely pay a premium for the right person,” the source said. FOXSports.com

Karl had begun informal discussions with Ujiri about an extension, but now, with no general manager in place, Karl went to Kroenke, determined to get one. Kroenke was equally adamant he wouldn't extend the contract. The team wanted Karl to be cooperative and coach next season, but doing so knowing that the Nuggets could struggle with the expected loss of forward Danilo Gallinari until midseason as he recovers from a knee injury. In regard to the coach getting a contract extension, a source close to the situation said: "What they didn't want was George challenging it each and every day. They wanted it so that in the event that they got off to a slow start, that he'd be willing to play guys he wasn't playing, in order to (develop young talent), even if they had to take a step back with wins and losses." Denver Post

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