In the midst of all the talent that surrounds the Memphis Grizzlies, the person that will be the most hotly pursued this summer is the head coach. Lionel Hollins is not available this offseason because he has been fired, but rather because his contract has expired. Therefore, the question surrounding the Memphis Grizzlies is whether or not they will pay big bucks to bring back their sought after head coach.
If you ask Hollins, he wants to stay. "Hopefully, I will be here," Hollins said. "I love the guys. I love this city and the fans and everybody associated with the team. But we've got to be very, very realistic in what the future holds."
The reason why Hollins is realistic about what the future holds is because he knows as well as everyone else, that the NBA is ultimately a business. And if the Memphis Grizzlies are not willing to pay what the Los Angeles Clippers or the Brooklyn Nets are willing to pay for Hollins, they may lose their esteemed coach.
There are reports that Hollins has a strained relationship with Zach Randolph and has a strained relationship with management for trading away Rudy Gay, however, Hollins was still able to lead the team into the Western Conference Finals, albeit being swept. Hollins is seen as an up and coming coach, so if the Grizzlies don’t bid high enough for him, somebody else most definitely will.