Jeff Van Gundy turns down Clippers offer — Nets still in play?

Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van GundyJeff Van Gundy has spent the past five seasons as a broadcaster since leaving his position as Houston Rockets coach in 2007, but rumors and speculation that Van Gundy is interested in a return to the sidelines have ramped up.

That return won’t be with the Los Angeles Clippers, though. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that after discussing his options with the Clippers, Van Gundy has not materialized as a serious candidate. From the report:

Van Gundy and Clippers officials did talk more than once about the possibility of the job, but discussions have become dormant, sources said.

The Nets reportedly had preliminary contact with Jeff Van Gundy, and neither side has reported an immediate rejection. So reading the tea leaves, it’s possible that a Brooklyn-Van Gundy union is still on the table.

Van Gundy has refused to publicly comment on coaching openings, telling Joshua Newman of “I don’t just talk about jobs” and that “if [Nets General Manager] Billy [King] wants to talk about who he has talked to, then that’s up to him.”

Van Gundy has a 430-318 record as a head coach with the Rockets and New York Knicks, with nine playoff appearances and one NBA Finals run in 11 years of coaching.