Since we posted this update on the Lionel Hollins free agency yesterday, there have been some major developments in the story. According to Yahoo!’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies have given other teams permission to interview Lionel Hollins after contract extension talks stalled, despite previous reports indicating that they would do otherwise.
Both the Clippers and the Nets are reportedly already gearing up to take advantage of the situation, and the Grizzlies themselves also plan on interviewing other coaches. Talks with Lionel Hollins will continue in the meantime, but they are apparently having “a major clash in philosophy” about the matter.
There is no information regarding what other coaches the Grizzlies may be interested in.
Hollins and the Memphis front office have butted heads repeatedly throughout the season and Hollins’ tenure in general, particularly around the Rudy Gay trade that happened earlier this year. Perhaps it shouldn’t be a surprise that they’re letting him leave.
Asked two sources with direct knowledge of Grizzlies-Hollins talks if they believe he’s coached his final game there. Both answered: “Yes.”
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 2, 2013
Update: according to this report by Ken Berger, Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger is next in line to be head coach if Hollins leaves Memphis.