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 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 on Tuesday night, sources told ESPN. 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 the Nets 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.
Talks between Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies are now "dormant"
ESPN | Jun 6