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Sources: Vinny Del Negro to interview for Nuggets' head coach opening

Adrian Wojnarowski
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Vinny Del Negro will interview for the Denver Nuggets' head coaching job this weekend, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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Del Negro will be the third candidate to meet with Nuggets management for the vacancy.

Former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw met with team CEO Josh Kroenke and general manager Tim Connelly on Tuesday and Wednesday. Hollins and Shaw are still considered leaders for the job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. 

Despite the Los Angeles Clippers enjoying their best regular season in history with 56 victories, Del Negro, 46, wasn't offered a new contract in April. The Clippers were eliminated in a first-round playoff series against the Grizzlies.

In five seasons as head coach of the Clippers and Chicago Bulls, Del Negro reached the playoffs four times and advanced to the Western Conference semifinals in the 2011-'12 season. He was 210-184 in those years.

Denver fired the NBA's coach of the year, George Karl, after a 57-victory season and a third seed in the Western Conference. Karl didn't want to go into the last year of his contract without an extension, and Kroenke decided to fire him out of fear of a season of unrest between the coach and management.

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