The Clippers appear to be moving forward in their search to find a new coach and are focusing on Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw and George Karl, said NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Hollins, whose contract with the Memphis Grizzlies expires June 30, had a lengthy telephone conversation Thursday with Gary Sacks, the Clippers' vice president of basketball operations, one of the executives said.
Shaw, associate head coach of the Indiana Pacers, is expected to have a formal face-to-face interview with the Clippers on Monday.
Now that Karl has been fired by the Denver Nuggets, Karl has become a "strong" candidate to replace former Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro, executives said. Karl's representative has had conversations with the Clippers about their opening.
Hollins is one of the candidates Sterling likes, according to one of the executives.
Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 56-26 record and the Western Conference finals, in which they were swept, ...