NBA Coaching Search: Teams That Should Be Fighting Over George Karl

Nate LevinsonCorrespondent IJune 14, 2013

DENVER, CO - MARCH 07:  Head coach George Karl of the Denver Nuggets observes the action against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Pepsi Center on March 7, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Clippers 107-92. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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When the Denver Nuggets fired George Karl, he immediately became the hottest head-coaching name on the market which is why the reigning NBA Coach of the Year should have no trouble finding a new job right away.

The Memphis Grizzlies, Los Angeles Clippers, and Philadelphia 76ers are all in need of a new head coach and should jump at the opportunity to hire a proven winner like Karl.

The Grizzlies are fresh off a difficult Western Conference Finals loss to the San Antonio Spurs and hope to hire a coach who can give their talented squad an inside track to the Finals. Karl is an offensive specialist and an ideal fit, given the Grizzlies struggles on that side of the ball.

Last season, Karl's Nuggets ranked first in the NBA in points scored per game.  The Grizzlies, on the other hand, finished fifth from last.  

Memphis did have the top-ranked scoring defense in the league and they should be salivating at the chance to add a coach who can give them a formidable offense to go with their league-best defense.


Another team that could look to make the jump from good to great by hiring Karl is the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers will have their hands full with trying to retain superstar point guard Chris Paul this offseason and hiring an offensive guru like Karl might make it easier for him to re-sign.

As perhaps the quickest point guard in the NBA, Paul would be a perfect fit for Karl's up-tempo offense.

Without much flexibility under the cap, the Clippers can only hope to get Paul back and improve what they already have on their roster.  Karl would be a huge improvement over former coach Vinny Del Negro and would give the Clippers a great chance of making a Finals run if Paul sticks around.

The Clippers seem to have different ideas, however, having failed to even contact Karl thus far.


Coming off a difficult season in which they finished 34-48 and failed to make the playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers will look to hire a new coach to reinvigorate a once promising roster.

George Karl is just the man for the job.

This past year, it became clear that point guard Jrue Holiday is the future of the 76ers.  He set career highs in points, assists and rebounds while making his first All-Star Game.

If the 76ers want Holiday to take the next step in his career and become one of the best players in the NBA, they should look to Karl to make it happen.

In his recent stint with the Denver Nuggets, Karl helped turn Ty Lawson into one of the better point guards in the NBA, and there's no telling what he could do for the bigger, more talented Holiday.

The 76ers are in rebuilding mode, but hiring Karl would expedite this process in a way no other available head coach could.


Karl will likely decide on a new team in the next few weeks and I expect him to choose the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies have the most continuity from last season among these three teams and give Karl the best chance of making a championship run.