The Memphis Grizzlies have made the decision of not to offering coach Lionel Hollins a new contract.
According to the 59 year-old coach he confirmed last night that he had been told his contract would not be renewed.
Different sources have stated that assistant coach Dave Joerger is the undispitable favorite to succeed Hollins, who leaved the Grizzlies in the wake of a 56-win season and the franchise’s first trip to the Western Conference finals.
Memphis might be evaluating other candidates which include freshly ousted Denver Nuggets coach George Karl and former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry, but are leaning very strongly toward replacing Hollins with former Santa Cruz Warriors coach Joerger, who basically served as the Grizzlies’ defensive coordinator under Hollins.
After the Grizz’s NBA playoff elimination and a subsequent breakdown in negotiations on a new contract with Hollins (whose current contract expires June 30), the team allowed Hollins to talk to other teams, with Grizzlies officials concluding that their ongoing hot-and-cold relationship with the 59-year-old can’t support the idea of a new long-term contract.
YouWager experts learned that Memphis feels Hollins, despite the team’s considerable success over the past three seasons, is not prepared to foster the sort of collaborative relationship the Grizz’s new management team — led by majority owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien — wants to have with their coach.
Ever since the beginning of the year there have been concerns about Hollins’ willingness to work under Pera and Levien, when the Kansas native publicly criticized the trade of Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors on several occasions.