After losing their Executive of the Year, the Denver Nuggets could lose the Coach of the Year. After an early playoff exit, George Karl is currently reconsidering his status with the team. Karl is under contract for one more season and the Nuggets have shown interest in retaining him, but the Los Angeles Clippers have recently shown interest in his services after GM Masai Ujiri left the Nuggets for the Toronto Raptors.
This franchise is looking for a coach who can take them to the next level, and they want a coach who can convince Chris Paul to stay in Los Angeles. George Karl is the perfect candidate for this job; he definitely has the respect of NBA players all around the league. The Clippers are still waiting for permission to speak with him.
Here’s what was said via Ramona Shelburne, of ESPN Los Angeles:
“Karl’s status has become “unsettled” following the departure of general manager Masai Ujiri for the Toronto Raptors, two sources close to the situation said late Saturday night.
Karl, who was named the NBA’s coach of the year following the Nuggets’ 57-win season, is not in any imminent danger of losing his job, the sources stressed. But Ujiri’s departure, coupled with Denver’s disappointing first-round playoff exit, has shaken things up in Denver to the point that Karl, who is under contract for just one more season, could, incredibly, begin the season on the hot seat after winning the league’s top coaching honor for the first time in his long career, instead of beginning extension talks.
The Los Angeles Clippers have had initial conversations with the Nuggets about Karl, league sources said, but have yet to officially request permission to speak with him.”
George Karl has coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors, Seattle Supersonics, Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets. He has the sixth most wins ever as an NBA coach and is only one of seven head coaches in league history to win 1,000 games.