Seeing as head coach Lionel Hollins is in fact the franchise's winningest coach of all-time, it's no wonder that he would expect a contract extension by the end of this season, the final in his current deal, and truthfully his need should be met without question. The Grizzlies need to, and most likely will get him signed to an extension sooner rather than later.
As told to the Commercial Appeal, Hollins is expecting to get a deal done, maybe not by the start of the season by definitely by the end of it.
There have been limited discussions about a contract extension. Griz owner Michael Heisley is in the process of selling the team to Robert Pera — a process that is expected to reach a conclusion this month.
Hollins deflected any notion that there is added pressure in this situation.
"I expect to have a deal before the season is over," Hollins said. "For sure."
And there you have the hold up in this situation: the sale of the team. It's not Heisley's decision to make, or his contract to sign. With the pending deal soon to be made final, Heisley has to hold up on making any financial decisions that go beyond this season. Hence, there has been little discussion -- at least publicly -- about Hollins' future. And barring a complete and total collapse this season, I think it's pretty safe to say that he is in line to get re-upped by the end of the year.
Not only does he have the complete confidence of the current ownership, but the players are behind him 100%, as are the fans. There's been little reason to think that he's not the right guy for this job. Sure, we can go back and pick at certain decisions he's made -- in the playoffs against the Clippers, rotation-wise, you scratch your head sometimes -- and some of the relationships he may have failed at grooming -- O.J. Mayo -- but he's done a fantastic job of turning Zach Randolph into a leader, developing Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, and instituting the grit and grind mentality that has gone a long way in turning this franchise into a "winner."
I'm not here to lobby for Hollins, since I think his resume speaks for itself, but I do think he deserves at least another three years to finish what he ultimately started.