Report: Bobcats interview Sloan; Shaw, Snider up next

The worst team in NBA history also has a long list of coaching candidates willing to take on the rebuilding project.

The Charlotte Bobcats have reportedly interviewed Jerry Sloan for their vacant coaching job.

Sloan, the former longtime Utah Jazz coach, met with Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and other team executives, according to the Deseret News of Salt Lake City.

Sloan, 70, coached the Jazz for 23 seasons prior to stepping down in February 2011. He is among several high-profile candidates to interview for the job, the report said.

Mike Dunlap, Patrick Ewing, Dave Joerger, Nate McMillan, Mike Malone, Stephen Silas and Nate Tibbetts have also reportedly interviewed for the job.

The team also plans to meet with Indiana Pacers assistant coach Brian Shaw and Los Angeles Lakers assistant Quin Snyder in the coming weeks, ESPN The Magazine reported.

After finishing the season with a 7-59 record and the worst winning percentage in NBA history (.106), the Bobcats are looking to replace Paul Silas, whose contract was not renewed.

Shaw and Snyder are hot, young candidates. Shaw was with the Los Angeles Lakers and Phil Jackson before joining the Pacers. Snyder has worked with the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Bobcats were also interested in talking to Stan Van Gundy, who was fired as coach of the Orlando Magic recently. But he may spend some time away from basketball, the New York Daily News reported.

Charlotte reportedly was interested in talking to Van Gundy about its coaching vacancy, but Van Gundy wants to take a year off and come back to coach in 2013-14.

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