According to Ron Tillery of the Commercial Appeal, the Los Angeles Clippers have been granted permission to talk with Grizzlies head coach Lionel Hollins, while the Brooklyn Nets, who have asked, were denied permission.
Well, its not quite like that. Tillery tweeted the apparent diss early in the afternoon.
While Clippers were granted permission last night to talk with Hollins, the Nets have not received permission, according to a CA source— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) June 5, 2013
Brooklyn asked and was denied the day after Griz season ended and have yet to make another request.— Ronald Tillery (@CAGrizBlog) June 5, 2013
The Nets, as Tillery notes, did ask for permission the day after the Grizzlies season ended in their playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs.
Chris Brossard later added to the confusion.
Source confirms @cagrizblog report that Memphis denied Nets permission to speak to L Hollins. Nets not sure whether they'll ask again.— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 5, 2013
Then later still, David Aldridge cleared up the confusion.
If Nets ask 2 interview Hollins, they'll get OK, per sources. MEM had rejected all requests before officially giving Hollins permission Sun.— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 6, 2013
Also of note, no team has yet to ask permission to speak with Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger, who has been a hot name this season for a bump up into a head coaching gig.
Tillery notes that the 76ers are the only team to have express interest, openly at least, in Joerger. Both Hollins and Joerger become "free agents" on July 1, in which case no teams will need to ask for permission to speak with either coach.