With the Brooklyn Nets officially cutting ties with Jason Kidd, who is now the Milwaukee Bucks new head coach, after just one season, they seemingly have opted to choose a veteran coach after their rookie coach experiment fizzled in the playoffs last year.
The Nets have been pursuing veteran coach Lionel Hollins, who impressively took the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference finals back in 2013. Despite the success, Hollins’ contract with the Grizzlies was not renewed after they were swept by the Spurs and he did not coach in the NBA last season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Hollins is the clear cut front runner in Brooklyn right now. In fact, it seems that this is a one horse race and contracts discussions may be coming soon:
As Lionel Hollins meets with Nets management/ownership today, this remains largely a single candidate search now, league sources tell Yahoo.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2014
Hollins and the Nets have met the last two days in a row, and all signs are pointing to him signing on with the team to become Head Coach in the following weeks.
With many of the Nets player’s careers dwindling, Hollins will have his work cut out for him come next season if he does indeed get the job. Of course, a lot of the Nets projections for next season will depend on where LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade land during free agency.
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