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Reports: Clippers, Bucks waiting to talk to Lionel Hollins for coaching jobs

May 22, 2013, 11:14 AM EDT

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Whenever the Memphis Grizzlies’ season ends — which could be sooner rather than later if they don’t start cutting off Tony Parker at the point of attack, but that’s another post — Lionel Hollins is going to be a popular guy.

Hollins’ contract is up as coach of the end of this season, and while he and the Grizzlies management have plans to do a new deal a number of teams are looking to jump into that breech.

The Clippers are one of those teams — with Vinny Del Negro gone and a team on the verge of contending, they want a veteran coach and at the top of the list is the guy that out-coached Del Negro and sent the Clippers on vacation, reports the well connected Mark Heisler.

And the Bucks want in too, reports the Racine Journal-Times.

If you believe some insightful NBA officials, it’s simply because the Bucks are playing the waiting game. They are biding their time until the Memphis Grizzlies’ season ends and they can talk to Grizzlies free-agent in-waiting coach Lionel Hollins.

The Brooklyn Nets also are said to be interested in Hollins.

All that said, Hollins likely stays put. The new ownership wanted to get to know him but in the middle of the season they talked about a new contract and an extension. Ownership’s mistake was saying they didn’t want that to become a distraction during the season, and now Hollins is a hot name. Still, he has said he wants to finish what he started.

What could change his mind is a larger paycheck. The Nets are willing to write a big one, but would the old-school Hollins take that to coach a roster that is good but pretty much stuck there (and in the same conference as the Heat and improving Pacers)? The Clippers have the kind of roster that might intrigue Hollins, but how big a check would Sterling write and for how many years?

The Bucks… I like that they are trying. Good for them.

  1. goraidersgospurs - May 22, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    SMH the man is 4 games from the finals & teams are waiting for his release!!!

  2. bifford - May 22, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    His team is close to the finals, yes. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t interested in other teams. His contract is up once the Grizz finish their season.

  3. sprest83 - May 22, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    Why would Holllins leave the Grizzlies? His current team is better than all of the other teams that are interested in him.

    • casualcommenter - May 22, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      I think Hollins stays – the Grizzlies are a team he’s helped shape for years, and the team has established stars (Gasol/Randolph), cap flexibility (courtesy of their trades this year), and some young talent (like Ed Davis). It’s a good gig.

      That being said, money and a chance to gain a higher profile by being a coach of an LA or NY team might tempt him. Those are the only two reasons why the Clippers and Nets feel they have a chance to get him, though again, I think Hollins stays put.

      • alildusty - May 22, 2013 at 4:48 PM

        true he shaped the roster but the NBA moves FAST – very fast. they only have a handful of players that are signed for more than a year. If i was Hollins and the clippers offer a nice fat check for lets say 3-4 years and they resign cp3, i’d swap locations instantly. they have jamal crawford and griffin signed for multiple years. team is going to spend to try to finally win with stars.

        weather is better and so much more exposure to parlay another payday afterwards.

  4. redbullenergydrink - May 22, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    Sorry Bucks. Although you’re mentioned, you’re really not in the mix at all.

  5. glink123 - May 22, 2013 at 11:38 PM

    Did I miss something here? Last time I checked, Clips owner Sterling and Bucks owner Kohl are two of the least-wealthy owners in the league, while the Grizz are owned by a dude worth $1.2 billion. Hollins isn’t going anywhere. Non-story.

    • philtanimal - May 23, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      Yeah you missed something…Donald Sterling is worth 1.9 billion as of March. There is a difference between net worth and being tight-fisted.

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