Memphis Grizzlies head coach Hollins talks with guard Allen late in the second half of Game 5 of their NBA Western Conference semi-final playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City

Hollins says again he wants to stay with Grizzlies. Ideally.


There is a lot of buzz around the coaching future of Lionel Hollins — he just led the Memphis Grizzlies to the conference finals, but the buzz around the league is he has coached his last game in Memphis. The team gave him permission to talk to other franchises.

Except, ideally, he’d keep his old job.

Reports are talks stalled out on his new deal in Memphis — there is a new ownership and a new front office that is more analytics driven and that is not a perfect fit with the old-school Hollins — but Hollins told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports what he has told others, he wants to stay where he is.

“I hope things can work out and I think things can work out,” Hollins told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. “I’m happy in Memphis. I’ve been there for a long time. My kids went to school in Memphis. My son graduated as a doctor in Memphis. My daughter is a grad student at the University of Memphis.

“I love the city of Memphis and really want to be there. I have no reason to want to leave.”

Hollins has yet to speak to other teams, but the Clippers and Nets are known to be interested if he decides to look outside Memphis.

The difference in philosophies between Hollins and the front office came up with the Rudy Gay trade. Fans of the NBA’s new school analytics liked the trade or at least said that it wouldn’t hurt the team on the court and would save them money (that was PBT’s take, for the record). Hollins came out and publicly slammed the trade. You can imagine how well that went over in the front office.

But the combo worked — Memphis became a better team without Gay’s inefficient offense and the old-school Hollins led that adjustment while not sacrificing any defense.

There is a sense that Memphis’ front office believes assistant coach Dave Joerger can step into the job. But Memphis has gotten better year over year due to consistency, and Hollins and his style are part of that. A change of coaches, even in house, can disrupt that.

Nonetheless, things seem to be moving toward Hollins walking a sideline not in Memphis next season.

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Report: Wizards signing Ryan Hollins

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Nene hurt his calf. Drew Gooden is banged up. Martell Webster is out for the season.

Those are three players the Wizards expected to play power forward this season.

So, Washington – which has lost four straight – will bring in another big man: Ryan Hollins.

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

The Wizards have a full roster of 15 players. They don’t qualify for a hardship exemption, which a team gets if four players have missed three straight games and will continue to be out. Only Webster and Alan Anderson definitely fit that bill. Gooden, who has missed five straight, might. But it’s unclear both how many of those absences were due to injury and when he’ll return.

So, Washington will have to waive someone to sign Hollins now. It’ll probably be Webster, whose $5,845,250 2016-17 salary is just $2.5 million guaranteed. If he’s out for the year and the Wizards plan to drop him by the summer to clear cap space, why not just do it now?

Hollins is more center than power forward and doesn’t appear to fit well with Marcin Gortat. But at this point, Washington just needs big bodies. Hollins – a nine-year veteran who plays decent interior defense, lacks offensive skill and rebounds poorly for his 7-foot frame – is at least that.

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