Lionel Hollins said Tuesday he hopes to be back with the Memphis Grizzlies but is being "realistic" about his coaching future in the NBA.

The veteran coach is a hot commodity and is being mentioned as a candidate elsewhere with openings at the Los Angeles Clippers, Milwaukee Bucks and Brooklyn Nets being possibilities.

Hollins said nobody has asked to talk to him yet about his future with the Grizzlies after Memphis was swept from the postseason Monday night after a 93-86 loss to the Spurs. He wants to be paid fair-market value, but he said money will not be the final factor.

"Hopefully, I will be here," Hollins said. "I love the guys. I love this city and the fans and everybody associated with the team. But we've got to be very, very realistic in what the future holds."

Clippers owner Donald Sterling was at Game 1 of the Western finals in San Antonio with speculation that he was taking a close look at Hollins, who knocked Los Angeles out of the playoffs in the first round.

The Clippers have yet to formally request permission from the Grizzlies to speak to Hollins, whose contract expires at the end of June, but intend to do so soon, sources told's Ramona Shelburne.

Hollins said he wouldn't expect the Grizzlies to grant any other teams permission to speak to him before his contract expires.

"Why would they [give permission]? I wouldn't," he told reporters, according to The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.