Grizzlies To Complete Coaching Search This Week?

June 18 2013 at 1:38pm CDT By Luke Adams

1:38pm: Gentry will meet with the Grizzlies for a second interview later this week, according to Ronald Tillery of the Memphis Commercial Appeal (via Twitter). Tillery adds (via Twitter) that Joerger remains the frontrunner for the job, but Gentry is "strongly in the mix."

1:05pm: The Grizzlies are expected to complete their search for a head coach by week's end, a source tells Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports (Twitter link). Dave Joerger, who is reportedly interviewing with the team today, is expected to be the final candidate for the job, according to Spears.

Current Grizzlies assistant Joerger has long been viewed as the likely successor to Lionel Hollins in Memphis, but based on the candidates interviewed by the Grizz within the last week, it appears he's far from a lock. Former Nuggets coach George Karl met with the team yesterday, while ex-Suns coach Alvin Gentry and Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney also interviewed for the job.

The Grizzlies were also said to be monitoring Doc Rivers' situation in Boston, though it appears unlikely they'll get involved there, given the compensation required to pry Rivers away from the Celtics.

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