Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue is among the candidates for the head coaching position, league sources confirmed to The Athletic. ESPN reported that ESPN NBA color commentator and former Knicks and Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy will also garner consideration.
As the Clippers move forward, they are embarking on a thorough coaching search. There is no clear-cut No. 1 candidate yet. The hiring process could take several weeks, though the team is open to offering the position to the right candidate immediately. This was a not a move they made with another coach waiting in the wings to be hired, league sources said.
“Looks like there’s a good chance Ty gets it,” one Eastern Conference executive told HoopsHype. “It definitely puts a lot of pressure on other teams that want him.”
However, he has other suitors. He’s set to interview with Philadelphia this week and New Orleans and Houston are also interested, according to people in the league.
Marc Stein: ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy, about to broadcast the NBA Finals, is suddenly a candidate for two coaching vacancies Van Gundy has admirers with the Clippers (most notably Lawrence Frank) as well as Houston (Daryl Morey wanted JVG in 2016 and Tilman Fertitta is also said to be a fan)
December 6, 2021 | 6:43 pm EST Update
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