Could George Karl, Lionel Hollins Swap Spots When All is Said and Done?
The NBA coaching carousel can be complicated sometimes and this 2013 off-season has been no different.
There have been a number of coaches that have been hired and/or fired already, while a number of top notch vacancies remain open. Well, on Thursday morning that Denver Nuggets made a somewhat surprising move in parting ways with head coach George Karl. Denver earned the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference this past year, compiling 57 wins behind Karl’s 2013 NBA Coach of the Year award.
It’s easy to question the Nuggets’ decision, there’s no doubt about that. However, now the coaching rumors can really begin to swirl as Karl is already being linked to the Los Angeles Clippers, Memphis Grizzlies and Brooklyn Nets. I mean, he did win the Coach of the Year award, so obviously he’s a top target now that he is a free agent.
Following Karl’s firing, ESPN‘s Marc Stein tweeted that a virtual Grizzlies, Nuggets swap is not out of the question:
One source close to process says “trade” between Denver and Memphis is now conceivable where Karl takes over Grizz and Hollins joins Nuggets
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2013
Well, that’s just the way the coaching carousel spins sometimes. Regardless, the Nuggets aren’t planning on wasting any time either, according to Yahoo! Sports Adrain Wojnarowski, who originally broke the Karl news on Thursday, the Nuggets have interview plans already:
Denver plans to reach out for permission to speak to Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins soon, league source tells Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 6, 2013
You see, with Karl now on the market, he is a top target of many, just as Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw have been over the course of the past week or so. In the end though, don’t be surprised if Karl ends up in Memphis and Hollins ends up in Denver. That could an option, considering just how things could play out.
The Clippers will very much be in the mix, as well, and so too could the Nets. Should be interesting to see how this thing plays out, especially considering you have four NBA vacancies each reportedly chasing the top three names on the market at this time.
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