On Thursday the Denver Nuggets decided to let go of the Coach of the Year award winner, George Karl. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the team plans to ask for permission to interview Brian Shaw and Lionel Hollins for the head coaching vacancy.
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
Karl wanted the Nuggets to extend his contract, but Denver was not willing to do so and instead decided to part ways with their current coach.
Brian Shaw has recently emerged as one of the favorites for the Brooklyn Nets job, while the Memphis Grizzlies have allowed Lionel Hollins to speak to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Hollins and Shaw are clearly two of the most popular names around at the moment. While Denver will face stiff competition to land one of the two coaches, the Nuggets do have an attractive team. Despite an early postseason exit, the Nuggets have a great roster full of young and athletic players.
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
Marc Stein of ESPN is also suggesting that the Grizzlies and the Nuggets could essentially swap coaches this summer. While Hollins could still be back to coach in Memphis, the organization and the coach don’t really see eye to eye at the moment.