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Isiah's comeback won't be with Clippers (UPDATE)

Florida International head coach Isiah Thomas talks with

Florida International head coach Isiah Thomas talks with an official during an NCAA college basketball game. (January 30, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

According to a report by Fox, the Los Angeles Clippers have former Knicks president and coach Isiah Thomas on their list for possible replacements for Mike Dunleavy.

The report cites a source saying the Clippers have "reached out" to Thomas, who is currently coaching collegiately at Florida International about becoming their next general manager and coach. Dunleavy was relieved of his duties as Clippers coach on Thursday, though did retain his title as general manager. quickly shot down the report, citing team executives who said, "We haven't called him and we're not planning on calling him."

Dunleavy has one year and $5 million left on his contract and Clippers owner Donald Sterling rarely pays someone not to work. Thomas made a five-year committment to FIU, but always has the ability to opt out if an NBA opportunity became available to him.

After Thomas' tumultuous ending here in New York, which was followed by some very difficult statements made by his longtime friend, Magic Johnson, both in interviews and in his book with Larry Bird, When the Game Was Ours, many people close to Thomas said he was determined to get back into the NBA and restore his name.

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