Coach/GM Updates: Bobcats, Blazers, Magic

The Clippers exercised Vinny Del Negro's option for 2012/13 yesterday, filling another potential high-profile head coaching job. While it appears there won't be as much coaching turnover this summer as we may have expected, the Bobcats are interviewing candidates, and the Blazers and Magic will be in the market for new coaches once they hire general managers. Here are the latest updates on a few NBA job searches….

  • The Bobcats will interview Pacers assistant Brian Shaw on Friday, tweets Chris Broussard of Pacers coach Frank Vogel said he'd be "shocked" if his assistant was still in Indiana next year, though Shaw could be a better fit for the Magic opening.
  • The Bobcats also got in touch with Stan Van Gundy, but were told he'll likely take next year off, tweets Broussard.
  • The Magic and Trail Blazers are both on the verge of hiring new general managers, according to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld. In each case, a decision could come within a week or so, says Kennedy.
  • The drama surrounding Dwight Howard hasn't stopped candidates from pursuing the Magic job, and Orlando has actually turned some interested executives away, according to Kennedy.
  • Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic worries that if Steve Nash leaves the Suns and the team struggles next year, it could cost "the NBA's most underrated coach," Alvin Gentry, his job.


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