Memphis Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins said in a radio interview Monday that he loves the city of Memphis and that he was surprised he was given permission to talk about other NBA coaching vacancies.
Hollins led Grizzlies to a franchise-best 56-26 record, helping them reach the Western Conference finals, where they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs.
"I believe in Memphis. I love Memphis," Hollins said in an interview with Sports 56 WHBQ in Memphis, via ESPN.com. "I never had any intention of going anywhere. I don't have any intention of going anywhere."
Although Hollins says he wants to stay in Memphis, the Los Angeles Times reported that Hollins and his representation reached out to the Los Angeles Clippers about their vacant head coaching position.
Yahoo! Sports reported Sunday that the Grizzlies and Hollins are most likely to part ways after negotiations stalled on a contract extension. Hollins has a 183-155 career record as an NBA head coach.
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Hollins and his agent, Warren LeGarie, wanted Clippers officials to know that Hollins is interested in their opening, one executive said. They were waiting for the Clippers’ front office to hear back from owner Donald Sterling before any decisions could be made, the executive said.