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Report: Lionel Hollins has permission to speak with Clippers, but not Nets

Jun 5, 2013, 6:27 PM EDT

The Nets and Clippers both asked permission to speak with Lionel Hollins, but the Grizzlies granted only one of the requests.

Ronald Tillery of the Commercial Appeal:

I don’t know why the Grizzlies would allow one team and not the other, but perhaps they’re stalling. The Nets reportedly once saw Hollins as their top target, and though Brian Shaw has emerged as Brooklyn’s first choice du jour, Shaw reportedly prefers the Clippers.

So, if Memphis still has some hope of retaining Hollins, allowing him to speak with the Clippers seems much less costly than allowing him to speak with the Nets. This way, the Grizzlies can extend some courtesy while keep the window open to re-sign Hollins.

  1. sirclutch - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    They won’t give him permission to talk to the Nets because Prokhorov will offer Hollins some absurd salary that will serve as an anchor for his agents in renegotiation. Now you ask, might Donald Sterling do the same?…lol

  2. abasketballthing - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    The Nets asked for permission earlier, one day after the Grizz were eliminated. Back then, the Grizz had more hope of reaching an agreement with Hollins. If they asked again, they’d get permission.

  3. sportsnut101 - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:40 AM

    Well June 30 they won’t need their permission contract up

    Collin wants to be with griz. Not to many coaches have said that for the franchise

    So the billionaire doesn’t wanna pay what a shock cheapo kid

  4. badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    Why do I think this is going to end up badly for Lionel. Watch the standard list of names plus Bird in the mix confused Hollins’s agent and he doesn’t get any head coach job.He deserves better.

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