The Grizzlies trail the Spurs 3-0 in their Western Conference finals series, meaning Memphis coach Lionel Hollins is essentially a loss away from becoming a free agent.
The Nets and Clippers are expected to reach out to Hollins in order to gauge his interest in their head-coaching vacancies.
Before L.A. decided it wasn’t going to bring back Vinny Del Negro, many believed the Brooklyn job was best opening in the league. Even Phil Jackson said it was the best offer he received recently.
It’s hard to give the Clippers the nod over the Nets with Chris Paul’s future in limbo, but assuming he re-signs, which team would you rather coach?
According to basketball-reference.com, the Clippers have $47.6 million committed in salaries next season; Paul, Lamar Odom, Chauncey Billups, Matt Barnes, Ryan Hollins and Ronny Turiaf are all free agents. The Nets have about $84 million in salaries already committed in 2013-14; Andray Blatche, C.J. Watson, Keith Bogans and Jerry Stackhouse are all free agents.
Owner Mikhail Prokhorov is committed to winning a championship -- his five-year plan has been reduced to two -- and his spending reflects that. Still, would a coach want to deal with what P.J. Carlesimo referred to as unrealistic expectations given that the roster is a quality one but perhaps not a title caliber one? Meanwhile, Donald Sterling doesn’t have a good reputation around the league, but Paul is arguably the league’s best point guard and Blake Griffin is only 24.
So again, which coaching job do you think is more attractive: the Nets or the Clippers? Let us know in the comments section below.