Memphis Grizzlies give Lionel Hollins permission to speak with other teams

Kevin C. Cox

Wow, didn't see that coming on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

UPDATE, 3:22 PM: According to Griz writer Ron Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, assistant coach Dave Joerger's name has already been mentioned as a potential replacement for Hollins if Hollins does, in fact, leave the team.

Also, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports shed some further light on negotiations between Hollins and the Grizzlies:

ORIGINAL ARTICLE: Our friend Mook Washington over at The Sports Syndicate, along with Chris Vernon, are reporting that the Grizzlies front office has give Lionel Hollins permission to speak with other teams about head coaching positions.

It's looking more and more like the Grizzlies are taking their new, progressive approach very seriously. No news ever came out about an offer extended to Hollins from the Grizzlies so one has to wonder how much he fits their plans.

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