HoopsHype George Karl rumors

June 9, 2013 Updates

Karl believed he had built something strong. He wanted the security of being the guy to see it through. If anything, his vision was the opposite mind-set of Ujiri. By Wednesday, Karl had agreed to reduce his desired extension to just one additional season, a source said, but by that point, it didn't matter. Word was spreading around the league that the Nuggets and Karl soon would part ways. Denver Post

Once news broke about George Karl being fired in Denver, Cavs coach Mike Brown likely inquired about the availability of Nuggets assistant Melvin Hunt. Hunt would be an excellent candidate to be Brown's lead assistant. However, there are some obstacles. Hunt is still in the mix in Philadelphia for the Sixers' head coaching job. He could be a candidate for Denver's opening (they still have to pay Karl's $4 million this year, so ownership might not want to break the bank with the new coach). Also, Hunt could follow Karl to his next job and be his lead assistant. So, Brown and Hunt will likely talk, a source said, but the latter might have better options. News-Herald

June 8, 2013 Updates

The source also said Hinkie would probably not be interested in hiring recently fired Denver Nuggets coach George Karl. Karl, 62, one source said, is a great coach, but Hinkie "would probably be more interested in a younger coach" who will grow with a relatively young team. Philadelphia Inquirer

June 7, 2013 Updates

For the first time since the 2004-05 season, Denver needs a coach. And in the aftermath of George Karl's firing Thursday, the team is expected to look hard at Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins, according to a league source. The Nuggets may also look at Alvin Gentry, a source said. Denver Post

Kroenke informed Karl, 62, early Thursday that he would not bring him back. Kroenke said the combination of Karl pushing for a contract extension, and the uncertainty surrounding Karl's possible interest in the Los Angeles Clippers job this week, led him to believe it was best to go in another direction. Denver Post

Nuggets ownership was steadfast that Karl would need to finish out the final season on his current contract before rewarding a coach who hadn't won a playoff series since 2009. "I have high praise for the way Josh Kroenke handled this situation — he was always sincere and straightforward," said Karl's agent, Warren LeGarie. "And when it came time to make a decision, he made one." Denver Post

When the news came down yesterday the Nuggets had decided to part ways with reigning NBA Coach of the Year George Karl, a new name was thrown smack into the middle of the seemingly never-ending coaching carousel this spring. And though the Nets have an opening, it doesn’t appear that Karl will be filling it. The team, according to a league source, doesn’t have much interest in Karl. New York Post

June 6, 2013 Updates

The source, who stressed it’s too early in the process to make any hard proclamations about Karl’s next job, also described the odds he’d end up in Memphis as “a long shot.” 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. FOXSports.com

The Clippers have been keeping an eye on Karl's situation in Denver for several weeks, knowing he may become available, according to sources. They had preliminary discussions with Denver before the two sides formally parted ways on Thursday morning, but had not officially asked permission to speak with him. ESPN.com

Karl was “pushing” for a new deal, a source said Thursday—“in his mind, not unreasonable. He felt he needed to have it. The uncertainty of Andre Iguodala, the uncertainty of when Gallo (forward Danilo Gallinari) would be back (from his ACL tear, suffered late last season). He felt like after 10 years of proving himself as a coach, he deserved it. They just didn’t feel that.” NBA.com

Karl’s representatives and Nuggets management had been talking for weeks, including several discussions held during the Chicago pre-Draft camp in April. The more Karl pushed, the more “reluctant” the Nuggets became to discuss a new deal, the source said. NBA.com

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