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The Golden State Warriors have contacted Stan Van Gundy about their coaching vacancy, and the former Orlando Magic coach is interested in talking to the Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.

The person requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about Golden State's coaching search.

Van Gundy hasn't coached since the 2011-12 season, preferring to spend time with his family in central Florida and work as college basketball analyst on TV.

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But he has never ruled out a return to coaching in the NBA, and the Warriors are an interesting option for Van Gundy.

The Warriors won 51 games this season under Mark Jackson, who was fired Tuesday, and they have the kind of talent suited for Van Gundy's offense.

Van Gundy loved to spread the floor in Orlando, running pick-and-rolls at the top of the three-point line with two players while putting three players on the perimeter at the three-point line. He might not have been the first coach to use a specialized stretch-four, but with Hedo Turkoglu and Ryan Anderson, he helped popularize it in today's era.

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With Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala outside and David Lee and Andrew Bogut on the inside, Van Gundy could make the Warriors an even more explosive offensive team.

Van Gundy also has ties to the area. He attended Alhambra High in Martinez, Calif., which is 30 miles from Oakland.

Yahoo Sports first reported the interest.

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