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Report: Nuggets eyeing Brian Shaw, Lionel Hollins and maybe Alvin Gentry

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game Two

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MAY 21: Head coach Lionel Hollins of the Memphis Grizzlies coaches against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Two of the Western Conference Finals of the 2013 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center on May 21, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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George Karl’s firing might have shocked most people, but it didn’t shock the Nuggets brass, who had clashed with the coach and – by definition – had to see the move coming. So, it stands to reason they would, or at least should, have a plan in place to find Karl’s replacement.

Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post:

And in the aftermath of George Karl’s firing Thursday, the team is expected to look hard at Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins, according to a league source. The Nuggets may also look at Alvin Gentry, a source said.

With Masai Ujiri in Toronto, it’s unclear from the outside who is running the search, though that might be more firm within the organization. Even if it is, the Clippers and Nets will give Denver plenty of competition for Shaw and Hollins.

The Nuggets have an attractive roster too, but it’s probably helpful to have what seems like a fallback candidate in Gentry.