The Memphis Grizzlies were eliminated from the playoffs on Monday night.
Let the Lionel Hollins sweepstakes begin. Hollins won’t become a free agent until after June 30.
From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
The Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have not yet formally requested permission to interview Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins for their respective coaching vacancies.
But it will happen shortly.
Possibly as early as Tuesday.
The Grizzlies’ stunning four-game elimination from the Western Conference finals means Hollins’ uncertain future is finally going to be resolved, with the Nets and Clippers -- especially Brooklyn -- known to have serious interest in the 59-year-old coach.
A big-money offer from Nets billionaire owner Mikhail Prokhorov, according to industry sources, is seen in Memphis as the worst-case scenario that would prevent the Grizzlies from keeping their occasionally cantankerous coach.