Lionel Hollins has made it clear in a series of recent radio interviews that he'd like to stay on as the Memphis Grizzlies' coach. But negotiations between the Grizzlies and Hollins' representatives have gone dormant since the team granted him permission Sunday to speak to other teams, a source with knowledge of the situation told ESPN on Wednesday night, and the longer the situation goes unresolved, the less likely it is that the sides will be able to work through the "philosophical differences" that initially caused talks to break down.
The team granted permission to the Los Angeles Clippers to speak with Hollins, sources told ESPN on Tuesday night. The Brooklyn Nets have also been informed by the Grizzlies that they have permission to interview Hollins, sources said, but Brooklyn has not asked again after its initial request was rebuffed shortly after Memphis' elimination from the playoffs.
Sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that the Grizzlies initially told Brooklyn last week that they wanted to continue talks with Hollins before allowing him to speak to other teams. The Nets were then informed Monday by Memphis, sources said, that they did have clearance to interview him, but Brooklyn has yet to formally seek permission a second time and might chose not to given its strong interest in Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw.
ESPNLosAngeles.com reported Tuesday night that Shaw is seen as the front-runner for the Clippers' job but that Hollins is also a strong candidate because he would give the Clippers a clear-cut choice between a veteran coach with a long track record and a young, up-and-coming assistant who would be landing his first head-coaching job. The Clippers are also interested in former Cleveland coach Byron Scott, former Phoenix coach Alvin Gentry and former Denver coach George Karl, who parted ways with the Nuggets on Thursday.