The Clippers are just starting to compile a list of coaching candidates to replace the fired Vinny Del Negro, said several NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Former Cleveland Cavaliers Coach Byron Scott, Golden State Warriors assistant coach Mike Malone and San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer are the top candidates, one executive said.
Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy also are candidates, the executives said. Stan Van Gundy would be a candidate if he hadn’t said Tuesday that he wasn’t interested in coaching this season, an executive said.
Former Phoenix Suns Coach Alvin Gentry, who once coached the Clippers, is also a candidate.
Atlanta Coach Larry Drew, whose job status with the Hawks remains uncertain, is interested in the Clippers' job, several executives said.