Pacific Notes: Clippers, Van Gundy, Paul, Suns

Here’s a look at the latest out of the Pacific Division..

  • Rob Mahoney of Sports Illustrated ran down the remaining coaching vacancies and the best fit for each one, including the Clippers.  In Mahoney’s estimation, Jeff Van Gundy is the best fit for the other L.A. job as he can unlock the defensive potential resting in the club’s frontcourt.  George Karl has also been linked to the opening and Mahoney feels that he would be a solid alternative if something can’t be worked out with JVG.
  • Bill Ingram of HoopsWorld explains how the Clippers can hang on to Chris Paul this summer.  While the Clippers are the odds-on-favorites to sign CP3, they can help lock things up with the right coaching hire.  Brian Shaw would be one quality candidate, but Ingram feels that Karl would give them the best chance of retaining their star guard.
  • The Suns might consider a backcourt upgrade in the draft later this month, writes Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic.  The Suns, of course, hold the No. 5 pick in the draft.

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