While the Memphis Grizzlies are trying to make a strong playoff run, Lionel Hollins is starting to become a popular guy day by day. While other teams in dire need of a coach such as the Brooklyn Nets have stated their interested in him, it’s now reported that the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Clippers are waiting to talk to him.
Source says Lionel Hollins is No. 1 on #Clippers list w/Byron Scott, Alvin Gentry. Team officials just relieved Sterling gave in, axed VDN.
— Mark Heisler (@MarkHeisler) May 22, 2013
Hollins’ contract with the Grizzlies expires after their post-season run. All indications however suggest management and Collins plan to agree on an extension, however that’s not stopping teams from trying to talk to him and consider their franchise.
The Nets actually have a chance of getting Hollins. If it came down to a bidding war, the Nets would absolutely be able to offer Hollins more money than any other franchise. The Clippers also have a legitimate chance of getting him. With the firing of Vinny Del Negro yesterday, why not hire the guy that out-coached Del Negro and sent your team on an early vacation?
The Racine Journal-Times also reports the Bucks want in.
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.
In the end, I think Hollins stays in Memphis. Hollins knows the organization, knows the team and front office and has said he wants to finish what he started. The Nets would be able to write a big pay cheque but I’m sure Hollins wouldn’t take that and endure the hardship of coaching an alright roster who would have to compete against a near-flawless Miami Heat and improving Indiana Pacers squad. The Clippers have the roster no doubt about it, but how much money would Donald Sterling offer Hollins? Would it be worth it? The Bucks, who have don’t have a good roster and won’t be able to come out with more money than the Nets, have no chance. Thanks for trying though.