NBA News: Lionel Hollins Out As Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach

Lionel Hollins (Getty Images)

Lionel Hollins (Getty Images)

It appears that the Memphis Grizzlies and Lionel Hollins have decided to agree to disagree and go their separate ways. 

The two sides have decided to part ways due to “philosophical differences”, as reported by Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. The Grizzlies informed Hollins that they will not be renewing his contract which is set to expire June 30th. From all indications it just looks like a situation where a change of scenery is perhaps best for Hollins as the Grizzlies management appears to just be ready to turn the page and bring in a new voice. Letting a head coach walk away who’s had the success Hollins has had in recent years with Memphis has to be something of a head scratcher for the Grizzlies fan base. Hollins coached the Grizzlies to the NBA playoffs in each of the last three seasons, winning 56 games this past season and advancing to the Western Conference Finals. It was the best season in franchise history for the Grizzlies.

All signs are pointing towards Hollins landing on his feet, he’s set to interview with the Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets later this week. The Grizzlies could be looking at former Nuggets head coach George Karl, former Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry, and top Grizzlies assistant coach David Joerger. Joerger could be the favorite to land the job, he’s well-respected in the executive office of the Grizzlies and could be had at a lower price than Karl or Gentry.

NBA News: Petrie Reportedly Out As Kings GM

It’s out with the old and in with the new these days for the Sacramento Kings. The new owners of the team have informed Geoff Petrie that he will not be returning as general manager and the search for his replacement is underway, reports USA Today.

Petrie had a long tenure in Sacramento that included the team’s succesful stretch of eight straight playoff berths highlighted by a 2002 Western Conference finals appearance. However, the team has been on hard times lately and have gone the last seven seasons without a playoff berth. The NBA owners recently voted to keep the Kings in Sacramento with the team being sold to Indian software magnate Vivek Ranadive. Petrie’s contract is set to expire at the end of June.

I can’t fault Ranadive for wanting to have his own people in place to oversee his investment, that’s just business 101. This is one of those situations where cleaning house is going to play a vital role in how quickly the Kings can turn around the direction of the franchise. They were right to not waste anytime and start right at the top.

According to the report, Ranadive’s short list of potential candidates includes San Antonio Spurs president R.C. Buford, Golden State Warriors assistant general manager Travis Schlenk, and Memphis Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace.