Lionel Hollins latest coaching name on the market

Kevin C. Cox

With Memphis eliminated from the Western Conference Finals, expect Lionel Hollins' name to join the coaching rumor mill.

The NBA coaching carousel hasn't really kicked into gear yet but as the playoffs wind down you can expect things to begin rolling. Lionel Hollins is the latest name to enter the rumor mill after the Grizzlies were bounced in the Western Conference Finals by the San Antonio Spurs.

Hollins' contract won't expire until June 30 and he and the Grizzlies are expected to talk about an extension but the situation appears to be on somewhat shaky ground. Hollins says that his first preference is to remain in Memphis but the Clippers and the Nets are likely to pursue him quickly. No word as to whether he would interest Hawks general manager Danny Ferry as a potential replacement for Larry Drew.

The Cleveland Cavaliers hired Mike Brown earlier this offseason and the Charlotte Bobcats and Phoenix Suns have reportedly filled their vacancies this week with Steve Clifford and Jeff Hornacek.

Teams including Atlanta could be waiting until the playoffs conclude before filling their vacancies. The Hawks have reportedly met with San Antonio assistant Mike Budenholzer and could also speak with the Pacers' Brian Shaw. Budenholzer and the Spurs are already headed to the Finals so if he is the choice then an announcement won't come until after the playoffs are over.

Hawks' incumbent coach Larry Drew is a finalist for the head job in Milwaukee along with Kelvin Sampson and will meet with the Bucks again later this week. Drew's contract with the Hawks expires on June 30.

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