Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins is on an expiring contract and is a coveted name by teams who are looking for a new head coach. According to Grizzlies beat writer for Commercial Appeal, Ronald Tillery, Memphis has allowed the Los Angeles Clippers to talk to Hollins, but have not extended the same courtesy to the Brooklyn Nets.
While Clippers were granted permission last night to talk with Hollins, the Nets have not received permission, according to a CA source
— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) June 5, 2013
According to Tillery, the Nets inquired about the possibility of talking to Hollins shortly after the Grizzlies’ season ended, but have not asked again. There is a possibility that Brooklyn would not be denied a second time around, but the team’s primary candidate at the moment seems to be Brian Shaw.
While the Grizzlies and Hollins are also having discussions about a potential extension, there have been some public disputes between the two parties.
The Nets fired head coach Avery Johnson early in the season and have chosen not to extend P.J. Carlesimo’s contract, who stepped in as an interim head coach. The Clippers also severed their ties with Vinny Del Negro and are on the lookout for a new leader.