Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney has received permission to speak with the Memphis Grizzlies about their head coaching position, CBSSports.com reported Wednesday.
Pinckney, 50, has received raves for his work with coach Tom Thibodeau in Chicago. The former Villanova and NBA player also has worked as an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves for two seasons.
Other candidates on the Grizzlies' radar include former Denver Nuggets coach George Karl, former Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry, Grizzlies assistant coach Dave Joerger and Indiana Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw, who is also a candidate for openings with the Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers.
The Grizzlies announced Monday that they will not offer coach Lionel Hollins a new contract for next season after he led Memphis to the Western Conference finals. Hollins is among the candidates for the Clippers' and Nuggets' vacancies.
USA Today also reported that the Grizzlies received permission to interview Nets executive Milton Lee for a front-office position. Memphis general manager Chris Wallace is a candidate for the same job with the Sacramento Kings.