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Clippers looking for 'big names first' in head coaching search, report says

The Clippers could target Stan Van Gundy in their coaching search. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images) The Clippers could target Stan Van Gundy in their coaching search. (Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

After letting head coach Vinny Del Negro walk last week, the Los Angeles Clippers are expected to look for "big names first" in their head coaching search.

CBS Sports' Ken Berger reported Sunday that the Clippers will make a push for Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins before "fully opening" their search.

All of those options, however, could be longshot candidates.

Shaw, a top NBA assistant, and the Pacers have said that while the team is still in the playoffs, he will not explore head-coaching opportunities. Stan Van Gundy said last week that he would not be coaching in the NBA next season. Jeff Van Gundy has not said much about exploring coaching next season since he ruled out immediate interest in the Nets' opening last winter. And Hollins could get interest from several teams, including the Nets, while deciding whether or not to return to Memphis.

Aside from finding a new head coach, the Clippers are also looking to re-sign All-Star point guard Chris Paul, who becomes a free agent on July 1. Any coach they choose will likely have to have his stamp of approval.

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