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Los Angeles Clippers Ask to Speak with Lionel Hollins; Brian Shaw Considered “Frontrunner”


The Los Angeles Clippers are still hunting for a head coach but they may be narrowing the search. According to ESPN Los Angeles beat writer Ramona Shelburne, the team has asked and received permission to speak with soon-to-be former Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins.

Hollins is a name that has been kicked around recently thanks to the fact that the Memphis Grizzlies apparently have no interest in retaining him. But he’s drawing interest from the Brooklyn Nets among others and that has some believing he’s higher up on the list than you might think. Still, Shelburne goes on to point out that Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw remains that “frontrunner” for the job.

It’s been speculated that Shaw, who is also drawing heavy interest from the Brooklyn Nets and others, is holding out to be offered the job in Los Angeles. So it seems as though the two sides are getting to the same level of interest in one another and a deal might be on the horizon. It’s still way to early in the process to tell as other names like Byron Scott, Alvin Genrty and possibly George Karl are all under consideration at this point.

But the Clippers seem prepared to open every possible door they can before making a final decision and that’s something that might not happen until after the NBA Finals.

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