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Report: Lionel Hollins out as Grizzlies coach

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Lionel Hollins is a reported candidate for the Nets' job if he wants it.   (USATSI)
Lionel Hollins is out in Memphis. (USATSI)

Lionel Hollins is officially available.

According to the Memphis Commercial-Appeal, Hollins was informed that his contract would not be renewed for next season.

Hollins completed a season in what was the most successful in Grizzlies history, guiding the team to 56 wins and the team's first-ever appearance in the Western Conference finals.

Recently Hollins had expressed a desire to stay with the Grizzlies, but there has been a growing tension and rift between him and the new front office appointed by new owner Robert Pera. Hollins famously bristled over the trade sending Rudy Gay to Toronto, saying, "When you have champagne taste, you can't be on a beer budget."

Hollins, 59, has had three different stints as head coach of the Grizzlies. He was hired in 1999 while the team was still in Vancouver, then appointed interim head coach during the 2004-05 season, and he was hired full-time most recently in 2009.

During his three stops, Hollins accumulated a record of 214-201 with the Grizzlies. However, in his most recent tenure, he went 196-155.

The Nets have reportedly expressed interest in Hollins, as have the Nuggets and Clippers.

Hollins is a former player who spent 10 seasons playing for the Trail Blazers, 76ers, Clippers, Pistons and Rockets.

 
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