According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Grizzlies are interested in discussing their head coaching job, occupied by Lionel Hollins until his contract runs out on the 30th of this month, with George Karl, head coach of the Denver Nuggets who was just let go today. Karl just won NBA Coach of the Year,
Coaching sources tell ESPN that Memphis -- still deciding whether or not to bring back Lionel Hollins -- WILL discuss job with George Karl— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2013
Grizzlies, according to sources, have Karl at top of list alongside current Grizz assistant Dave Joerger if they opt to part ways w/Hollins— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2013
One source close to process says "trade" between Denver and Memphis is now conceivable where Karl takes over Grizz and Hollins joins Nuggets— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2013
Sources say Grizz have NOT yet ruled out bringing Hollins back. But Karl has strong ally in MEM front office in former Nuggets exec Stu Lash— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 6, 2013
The decision now appears to be between bringing back Hollins, hiring Karl, or promoting assistant Dave Joerger.
I don't know about you guys, but I like George Karl. He's lost in the first round a bunch, but he's also been to the Finals. He hasn't coached a losing team since 1988. That said, one wonders if the Griz roster is currently suited to his style of coaching.
At any rate, a crazy start to the offseason is looking to get a little crazier.