HoopsHype Lionel Hollins rumors

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

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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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Lionel Hollins. The former Memphis coach was interviewed weeks ago and was willing to take the job, Love or no Love. The Wolves still could circle back to him, but Cleveland and the Los Angeles Lakers now are interested. He also might be too defensive-minded for Saunders, who’s an offensive coach at heart. A package deal with offensive-minded Paul Westphal as his top assistant is possible if the Wolves change their mind. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 27, 2014 Updates

Sam Amick: Can confirm @Dave McMenamin report that the Lakers interviewed Kurt Rambis (in addition to Byron Scott, Mike Dunleavy). Lionel Hollins next. Twitter @sam_amick

May 26, 2014 Updates

With star Kevin Love’s future in Minnesota in doubt, the Wolves now will resume a search process that has included interviews with, among others, former Toronto coach Sam Mitchell, who is a former Wolves forward, and Lionel Hollins, whom Joerger replaced in Memphis last summer. Joerger, 40, grew up in Staples, Minn., attended college in Moorhead and labored in basketball’s minor leagues — where he won five titles in seven years — for a decade before the Grizzlies hired him as an assistant coach in 2007 and promoted him to the head coach’s job a year ago. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 25, 2014 Updates

Lionel Hollins is a hot commodity again. In the wake of the Memphis Grizzlies front-office shakeup that appears to have indirectly benefitted their former coach, a person with knowledge of the situation said Hollins is now in the mix for both the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers coaching positions. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

Hollins returning to Memphis, if Joerger gets fired along with his bosses, appears extremely unlikely. One person with knowledge of the Grizzlies' situation definitively said that Hollins would not be returning, but the post-Levien/Lash landscape is complicated enough internally that it can't be completely ruled out just yet. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the situation. USA Today Sports

Lionel Hollins has emerged as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lakers management plans to interview Hollins later this week, league sources said. After meeting with two candidates with Lakers ties – Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott – Hollins is an intriguing inclusion in the process. He's the first candidate who doesn't have a history with the organization, but, of the three, he has the most recent track record of success in the league. Yahoo! Sports

May 22, 2014 Updates

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