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Report: Nets reach out to Jeff Van Gundy

Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy tries to

Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy tries to give directions to his teammates during the fourth quarter of a basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (March 5, 2007) (Credit: AP)

Apparently, Jeff Van Gundy is indeed on the Nets' radar.

The Nets have reached out to Van Gundy and established preliminary contact with the current ESPN/ABC analyst, according to a tweet from Los Angeles-based NBA Hall of Fame reporter Mark Heisler. The call, Heisler reports, was only introductory but Van Gundy didn't say no.

Van Gundy had initially been considered a potential candidate once GM Billy King began his search, but reports surfaced soon thereafter shooting down any interest by the team. During the second round of the playoffs, when approached at the Garden by Newsday the day the Nets cut ties with P.J. Carlesimo, Van Gundy was coy about any interest in roaming the sidelines in Brooklyn.

"My comment," Van Gundy said on May 5 during halftime of Game 1 of the Knicks-Pacers, "is I have no comment."

If the Nets, whose search has been closely guarded, want to bring Van Gundy into the fold, they'll have some competition for his services. Van Gundy, according to ESPN and the Los Angeles Times, is considered to be among the Clippers' top two candidates to replace Vinny Del Negro.

Pacers assistant Brian Shaw, also rumored to be a possibility for the Nets, is reportedly also in the mix for the Clippers' job.

Tags: Jeff Van Gundy , P.J. Carlesimo , Billy King , Vinny Del Negro , coaching search , offseason

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