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ESPN--Stan Van Gundy's coaching options

If and when the Magic and Van Gundy decide to part ways, he won't lack for options. In fact, he'll immediately become one of the league's hottest coaching candidates. Van Gundy is one of nine active coaches to take a team to the NBA Finals (if we still consider Phil Jackson active). He has never had a losing season and boasts gaudy career winning percentages of .644 overall and .573 in playoff games. He's had some help, obviously, as Shaquille O'Neal (with the Heat) and Dwight Howard were his two centers, but even this season he's managed to keep the Magic on a winning track despite all the behind-the-scenes issues with Howard. While Van Gundy may decide to take it easy for a year if he's out of a job, he would have his pick this offseason from several jobs that are either already open or will possibly become open. So where might he end up? Let's sort through the candidates: The favorites L.A. Clippers: If Van Gundy could stomach working for owner Donald Sterling (word of advice, Stan: Get all your money paid up front), this would be a great gig because Chris Paul and Blake Griffin are the franchise centerpieces. We don't know how long Paul will stick around, but Griffin probably isn't going anywhere after he signs a max extension, and Van Gundy would add the credibility that might persuade both players to stay. Additionally, he'd fix what most ails them. Van Gundy's teams have always played great defense even when he hasn't had particularly great defensive talent on his roster, so he'd likely repair a struggling Clippers defense that has been their weak link this season. Vinny Del Negro still has this job, but his contract expires after the season and he has been rumored to be on thin ice. L.A. has won seven of eight to keep the dogs at bay, but he probably needs to win two playoff rounds to get another contract.

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