HoopsHype George Karl rumors

July 19, 2013 Updates

Andre Iguodala: "He and I, we definitely had a connection. But Masai got a great opportunity from a place he used to be (in Toronto). Then with the Coach Karl situation, that was between him and ownership. Being he had one year left on his deal and the whole contract thing, the extension, the way things unfolded, I wasn't surprised. That's becoming a theme with coaches in their last year: Can they get the extension, or will they coach out that last year? That was the battle, because he had so much weight — I shouldn't say power — but weight, with his history and how good of a coaching record he has." USA Today Sports

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According to an NBA source, Brian Shaw signed a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year, and the former Indiana Pacers assistant coach will have an annual salary in the $2 million range. George Karl, who Shaw replaced, made around $4.5 million. Denver still has to pay Karl, who was let go earlier this month. Denver Post

And if the owners are looking for someone “exotic,” they could go with Boston-born David Blatt, who is currently head coach of the Israeli pro team Maccabi Tel Aviv, or Italy’s Ettore Messina, currently coaching CSKA in Moscow and considered one of the top coaches in Europe. “There are five or six ‘names’ like Lionel Hollins and George Karl and Alvin Gentry and Scott Skiles,” a league source said. “Then you look at the younger guys — and there aren’t a lot of them that are hot names right now.” Boston Globe

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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

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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

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