The Los Angeles Clippers have cast a wide net in the first week of their coaching search, and it includes names previously thought to be outside their price range such as ESPN broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy, Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the team's thinking.
The Clippers also are thinking about requesting permission to speak with at least one other current NBA head coach, one source said.
"They seem to be thinking big," according to a league source, who has talked to the Clippers recently.
Big generally means expensive, and there's considerable skepticism around the league that Clippers owner Donald Sterling would be willing to pay the kind of salary it would take to lure Van Gundy, Hollins or Shaw. But Los Angeles' front office has so far been proceeding as if that won't be a major issue, sources said.
In addition, the Clippers are looking for a coach with NBA experience.
The Clippers have made it clear they prefer a coach with NBA experience, sources said, but an exception would be made for Shaw, who has been given strong endorsements by several Clippers players, including Lamar Odom.