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Dave Joerger Strong Favorite To Replace Hollins

The Grizzlies announced earlier tonight that Lionel Hollins would not be offered a new contract, with CEO Jason Levien saying in a statement: "We have begun to identify our next head coach, who we feel can best move us forward." According to's Marc Stein, there's a good chance that next head coach is current assistant Dave Joerger.

This isn't the first time we've heard Joerger mentioned as a candidate to take over Hollins' job in Memphis, but Stein puts it in the strongest terms yet, tweeting that Joerger has been considered for weeks to be the "overwhelming favorite" for the job. Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal tweets a similar sentiment, saying it shouldn't be a surprise if Joerger is at the team's draft workout on Wednesday and is named the new head coach shortly thereafter.

If the Grizzlies don't end up promoting Joerger to replace Hollins, other candidates expected to receive consideration are ex-Nuggets coach George Karl and former Suns coach Alvin Gentry.

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