The Los Angeles Clippers have elected to let go Vinny Del Negro, and although the team hasn't officially talked to anyone about the job yet, an initial list of coaching candidates has emerged. The "top candidates" for the Clippers job are former Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, Warriors assistant Mike Malone and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, according to Broderick Turner of the L.A. Times. Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy and former Suns coach Alvin Gentry are also reportedly candidates to be the next head man in L.A.
The team is expected to have a coach in place before the 2013 NBA Draft on June 27.
The Clippers will be looking to re-sign Chris Paul this summer, and Scott has worked with Paul in the past during his time in New Orleans. That doesn't necessarily mean he will have an advantage in the interview process, however. The team apparently hasn't talked to any of the candidates yet, and they are just starting the search process. Team owner Donald Sterling popped up in San Antonio before the Del Negro decision was official for a playoff game to watch Budenholzer and the Spurs take on Lionel Hollins (also a potential candidate) and the Memphis Grizzlies.
For a breakdown of every top candidate in the search, head over to Clips Nation and check out a preliminary look at the field.