HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

June 29, 2014 Updates

The Nets discussions about a replacement for Kidd as head coach are in their infancy. Former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and at least two college coaches, both with championship resumes --and long-term contracts, are in the mix. Neither of the college coaches is John Calipari. Once the situation with Kidd is resolved, expect discussions to increase in intensity. NetsDaily

June 24, 2014 Updates

Hollins remains in contention for the job after a strong interview, sources said. Hollins also has had conversations with the Houston Rockets about an associate head-coaching role under Kevin McHale. ESPN.com

June 23, 2014 Updates

Ramona Shelburne: Lionel Hollins still in mix. Has bona fides & strong interview. Gentry impressed b4 taking GS job for > than $800k (he made > $500k in LA) Twitter @ramonashelburne

June 17, 2014 Updates

The Houston Rockets are making a hard push to convince former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins to join Kevin McHale's staff as an assistant, according to sources close to the process. However, sources tell ESPN.com that the Rockets recognize it will be difficult to land Hollins, who continues to covet his next opportunity as a head coach after his exit in Memphis following the 2013 playoffs. ESPN.com

June 10, 2014 Updates

Hollins boasts a career record of 214-201 overall and an 18-17 mark in playoff games, highlighted by a trip to the 2013 Western Conference Finals. He’s one of the most proven and experienced head coaches on the market. Yet, since he’s become a free agent, 12 coaches with no prior NBA head coaching experience have been hired. “It is [weird],” Hollins said to Basketball Insiders on still being without a job at adidas Eurocamp, where he is volunteering. “You would think with the success that I’ve had that something would have happened already but it’s just part of the process. There are a lot of other guys that are out there that aren’t even interviewing. I look at Scott Skiles and I look at Vinny Del Negro, guys like Jeff Van Gundy who is still sitting out there; George Karl who’s still sitting out there. There are a lot of people that have had much success and aren’t even getting calls to be interviewed. It’s kind of a crazy and whacky world right now. Basketball Insiders

“Unfortunately a lot of teams have filled their positions and there are only a couple left and hopefully I’ll be the number one guy for somebody as we go forward. Everywhere I’ve interviewed I’ve felt like it was an organization that I would want to be a part of and a job that had some prospects. Obviously it’s up to the team and the person making the call on what they want and whether or not they think you fit what they’re trying to do.” Basketball Insiders

June 9, 2014 Updates
June 7, 2014 Updates

It's possible the Cavs will hire a rookie head coach, but I wouldn't bet on it. The mandate for new General Manager David Griffin is to make a serious playoff run. A safe guess is that he'll pick between Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and Vinny Del Negro -- three established coaches. There will be another round of interviews for the three veterans and some others in the next week or so, these with owner Dan Gilbert. The Cavs want to have a coach in place for the June 26th draft. Cleveland Plain Dealer

June 3, 2014 Updates
June 2, 2014 Updates

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search. While team officials have already interviewed Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy, and Kurt Rambis, it is not certain that former Lakers guard Derek Fisher will interview in person for the job as had been widely expected. USA Today Sports

It's unclear if these five candidates make up the pool from which the Cavs will select their next head coach. None of the five are believed to have met with owner Dan Gilbert yet, so a second round of interviews could take place before a decision. It's also unclear if the team plans to have a coach in place by the 2014 NBA Draft on June 26. Cleveland Plain Dealer

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