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Nets Close To Deal With Lionel Hollins

11:48am: Hollins and the Nets will likely come to a deal worth $4-5MM a season over four to five years, tweets Ramona Shelburne of

8:41am: Hollins would end up with more than $4MM per year in the deal the two sides are closing in on, Stein adds.

WEDNESDAY, 8:31am: The Nets are nearing an agreement with Hollins, with the expectation that they’ll strike a deal today, tweets Marc Stein of

TUESDAY, 2:35pm: The Nets talked to Kevin Ollie about the job, but he said he’s content at the University of Connecticut, Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News tweets.

11:24am: The Nets are more or less focused solely on Hollins, in spite of King’s statements to the contrary, according to Wojnarowski (on Twitter).

9:58am: A source tells Marc Stein of that the Nets are “lasered in” on Hollins, and that such was the case even before they met with him (Twitter link).

9:41am: Hollins wasn’t the first person with whom King spoke, but the GM won’t identify who was, Vasquez notes (via Twitter).

9:23am: Regardless of whom the Nets hire, it’s likely to be someone with experience, King also indicated, as The Record’s Andy Vasquez tweets. That would seem to cast doubt on Messina’s candidacy.

TUESDAY, 9:16am: Nets GM Billy King had dinner on Monday with Hollins and will meet with him again this morning, as King told reporters, including Newsday’s Roderick Boone (Twitter link). Still, King has reached out to other candidates and says he can envision those talks progressing, tweets Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.

MONDAY, 5:41pm: The Lakers have renewed interest in Hollins as well, a source tells USA Today’s Sam Amick.  Los Angeles hopes to talk with Hollins or his representatives later this week.  Byron Scott has been considered to be the frontrunner for the L.A. job.

4:27pm: The Nets have arranged for a meeting with coaching target Lionel Hollins, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.  Wojnarowski terms Hollins as the Nets’ “top coaching target.”  The two sides will meet in the next 24-48 hours.

The Nets, of course, are in the market for a new head coach after reaching agreement on a deal with the Bucks that sends Jason Kidd to Milwaukee in exchange for a pair of second-round selections.  George Karl and Ettore Messina also appear to be the mix for Brooklyn, while Mark Jackson may or may not be a candidate.

Hollins, the former Grizzlies’ head coach, has interviewed for several of this offseason’s top jobs.

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5 thoughts on “Nets Close To Deal With Lionel Hollins

  1. Lakers gotta hire Hollins. While I like Scott, and all his contributions he brought as a player to LA, he isn’t really a coach competent for the Lakers. IMO he should never have won COTY. Hollins is perfect for the job because he is a defense-first coach, and D’Antoni proved that the Lakers don’t need an offensive-minded coach. Lakers will have some great offensive players next year such as Kobe, Randle, and hopefully FA’s like Swaggy P, Ariza or even Melo. The offense will come together easily. It’s the defense that’s the issue and they need to hire Hollins. Scott can barely help fight any team to get into the playoffs. Hollins can carry any team into a good playoff run.

  2. Kevin6CD

    Nets are going to upgrade their coach and get two picks in the process. Nice deal.

  3. funny how now hollins is getting look at again by the lakers. when the past week or so it been nothing but B scott talks

    • dc21892

      In the end it’ll be Scott anyways.

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