Lionel Hollins wants to stay with Grizzlies, has no desire to leave

Kevin C. Cox

The coach of the Memphis Grizzlies is in an interesting situation, but he's telling the media he'd prefer to stay in Memphis.

Lionel Hollins led the Memphis Grizzlies a bit further in the NBA Playoffs than most experts anticipated, but that hasn't stopped ownership from telling the coach he's free to speak to other teams until his contract officially expires at the end of the month.

That would seem that the Grizzlies have a bit of a 'Lionel Hollins problem' -- something Tom Ziller wrote about in detail earlier this week -- but the veteran coach still insists that his first option is to continue coaching in Memphis. Via Adrian Wojnarowski at Yahoo! Sports:

"I hope things can work out and I think things can work out," Hollins told Yahoo! Sports on Monday. "I'm happy in Memphis. I've been there for a long time. My kids went to school in Memphis. My son graduated as a doctor in Memphis. My daughter is a grad student at the University of Memphis.

"I love the city of Memphis and really want to be there. I have no reason to want to leave."

Hollins is reportedly a candidate with the Brooklyn Nets and rumors swirled on Monday that he's interested in taking over for Vinny Del Negro as the Los Angeles Clippers' head coach, but it would seem as though the comments the coach made to Wojnarowski would indicate Memphis is his first option.

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