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The Memphis Grizzlies have allowed coach Lionel Hollins to talk to other teams after "major philosophical differences" stalled initial talks for a contract extension.
A source said initial conversations between the Grizzlies and Hollins was unproductive, leading the Grizzlies to give permission to speak with other teams.
Hollins' contract with the Grizzlies expires at the end of the month
The source added that the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers have expressed interest in Hollins but no team has formally requested permission to speak to him yet.
Hollins became a hot commodity in the coaching market when he led the Grizzlies to their most successful campaign in franchise history before they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.
Last month, Hollins told ESPN that Grizzlies management came to him during the first round of the playoffs to assure him that the franchise wanted to bring him back.
"After we lost the first two games to the Clippers, we had a friendly conversation about the series and how they just wanted me personally to know that regardless of what's being said out there, this is how they felt. That was great," Hollins said.
Grizzlies point guard Mike Conley said he wanted Hollins to stay as head coach, giving him credit for his outstanding play this season.
"I know that he's fought for me in every situation that he's had to. I can't even put enough words in the sentences to say how much it means to me," Conley said. "Now I'm trying to go to bat for him, try and keep him here."
However, there were reports that Hollins was unwilling to work for new Grizzlies owner Robert Pera and CEO Jason Levien. Sources also said that Hollins' relationship with star forward Zach Randolph has been strained at times throughout the season as well.
If Hollins leaves the Grizzlies, assistant coach Dave Joerger would receive strong consideration to take over his post.
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Grizzlies Allow Coach Lionel Hollins to Talk to Other Teams