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Lionel Hollins likely out as Grizzlies coach after contract negotiations stall

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11:02 PM ET 06.02 | Contract negotiations between Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies have stalled, and it's looking likely that Hollins will not be retained as head coach. Memphis has granted Hollins permission to speak with other teams about jobs, which could lead to a possible deal with the Clippers. Hollins helped lead the Grizzlies to 56 wins and a Western Conference Finals appearance, but there are "major philosophical differences" between the coach and the new analytics-driven ownership group. Hollins was very outspoken against the Rudy Gay trade, and there was a heated incident between the coach and vice president of basketball operations John Hollinger during a recent practice. Hollins believes that there has been undue interference from management on decision making, and he's unwilling to fully commit to the analytics movement.

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June 3, 2013  12:03 AM ET

First they dump Gay......now this?


Looks like Memphis leadership gonna kill off this team piece by piece.

June 3, 2013  12:19 AM ET
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First they dump Gay......now this? Looks like Memphis leadership gonna kill off this team piece by piece.

I didn't hate the Rudy Gay trade but I don't at all understand why they're so anxious to dump Hollins. He's formulated an identity for that team and they just made the WCF.

June 3, 2013  12:30 AM ET
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I didn't hate the Rudy Gay trade but I don't at all understand why they're so anxious to dump Hollins. He's formulated an identity for that team and they just made the WCF.

And about the Gay trade, it's not that Memphis got anything noteworthy in return. They didn't, although Prince does offer decent value off the bench.

It was addition by subtraction. Gay is a good one on one player and a great athlete, but his overall game is fairly deficient for a supposed star making nearly 17 mil this year.

June 3, 2013  12:48 AM ET

Difficult to judge the Gay trade just yet. Clearly, Prince is past his prime, but when they deal Randolph this summer (and they will, management is going to be dumping salary)...Ed Davis will show he is a capable starter in the NBA and Austin Daye us a solid rotation player off the bench. That trade benefitted Memphis. As proven by their record after the trade and their great postseason run.

June 3, 2013  07:07 AM ET

Full credit to the memphis team over the past few seasons, but i think they just feel that this is as far as they'll get from the Hollins era. They can't just keep making deep playoff runs for years, they want a championship quickly and have the pieces to do so.

June 3, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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Full credit to the memphis team over the past few seasons, but i think they just feel that this is as far as they'll get from the Hollins era. They can't just keep making deep playoff runs for years, they want a championship quickly and have the pieces to do so.

Championship? They have new ownership who is cheap. A title is the last thing on their mind.

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June 3, 2013  06:49 PM ET
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Difficult to judge the Gay trade just yet.......

No it's not.

If you REALLY paid attention to the series with San Antonio, the BIG thing missing from the Grizzlies was the lack of scoring from the 2-3 positions.

Hey? Doesn't Gay play the 3?

Jus' sayin'.....

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