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Report: Clippers discuss coaching job with Scott

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The Los Angeles Clippers' coaching search includes a legend from across town.

Byron Scott, a key player during the Los Angeles Lakers' glory years, was contacted by the Clippers about their coaching vacancy, ESPN reported Thursday.

According to the ESPN report, Scott wasn't offered the job, and the Clippers' "short list" of candidates also includes Jeff Van Gundy, Brian Shaw and Mike Malone.

Scott was fired by the Cavaliers after the just-concluded season, in which Cleveland went 24-58. He three seasons with Cleveland, Scott had a 64-166 record.

His previous head coaching experience includes time with the New Jersey Nets (2000-04) and the New Orleans Hornets (2004-10). His overall regular-season record is 416-521. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals twice, losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in 2002 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Van Gundy coached the New York Knicks (1995-2002) and Houston Rockets (2003-07) before becoming a television analyst.

Shaw has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Indiana Pacers after seven years as an assistant coach with the Lakers.

The New York Post recently reported that Malone, a Golden State Warriors assistant, is expected to be the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The Clippers went 56-26 in the regular season -- the best mark in franchise history -- before losing in the first round of the playoffs to the Memphis Grizzlies. The postseason failure prompted the firing of coach Vinny Del Negro.
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